300 Club

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The 300 Club is the name given to those who have endured a range of temperature of 300° Fahrenheit (166°C) within a very short time. The practice originated at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

The Ceremonial South Pole, which 300 Club participants must run around.

Participants in the 300 Club wait for a day when the temperature drops to −100°F (-73°C) for more than a few minutes, generally in the winter. Those taking part first warm up in a sauna heated to 200°F (93°C) for as long as 10 minutes.[1] Then they run naked in the snow to the Geographic South Pole, running around it in the −100°F weather.[2] After this, they usually warm themselves back in the sauna again, often with the aid of alcoholic beverages.[3]

There are several patches made to commemorate the occasion that are entitled to be worn by those who have joined the 300 Club.

The 200 Club[edit]

An even more extreme version called 200 Club exists at the Russian Vostok Station located at the Pole of Cold where temperatures regularly reach as low as -80°C (-112°F). To join the club one must first endure the heat of the sauna at 120°C (248°F) and then spend at least 200 seconds outside the station at -80°C.[4][5] The number 200 refers to the degree Celsius difference in temperature.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 37 300 Club".
  2. ^ "South Pole's 300 Club not for the cold-blooded". Reuters.
  3. ^ "There's exclusive clubs, then there's the South Pole's '300 Club'".
  4. ^ Ильин, Алексей (2017-12-16). "Тьма, тошнота и минус 80: как выживают в Антарктиде" (in Russian).
  5. ^ Россия 24 (2016-10-10), Станция "Восток". На пороге жизни. Документальный фильм

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