With their last full scheduled day at Union Glacier there was a lot going on today. Some of the team relaxed while others when on hikes and/or drives.
Today's activities included a hike up a non-technical hill for some and for the others the day started with a lecture about British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott.
With a good night's rest behind them and being off the high polar plateau (where at the South Pole it feels like you are at 12,000 feet) everyone was ready for more adventure today.
After a great time at the South Pole our team has returned to the more pleasant latitude of Union Glacier where on a nice calm day it can feel down right balmy.
All day we kept waiting to hear from our team and we could only guess that the lack of contact meant that they were very busy having a good time, and we were right!
Game on! Our South Pole Flight team flew made the flight today from Punta Arenas to the Union Glacier Basecamp in Antarctica. A little over four hours after take off the Ilyushin-76 aircraft landed on Union Glacier's ice runway (at around 2:30 PM local time).
Our 2016 South Pole Flight team is in Punta Arenas and all are very excited for their flight to Antarctica and onwards to the South Pole.
Our 2016 South Pole Flight is just around the corner! Team members are packing their kit and preparing to head to Antarctica for this spectacular adventure. We are excited to share their journey with you via this blog. Check back again on January 1 for the official start to this blog! You'll find audio dispatches and updates about the expedition's daily activities.
We'll see you again soon!