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Today our team reports that they are back at the Oasis enjoying the warm temperatures and comforts of home. In the day and a half since they have left the Oasis it has changed dramatically. Unseasonably warm temperatures are melting the snow and ice quickly. Several of the places where the group hiked only days ago are now rivers. And on the drive from the runway to their basecamp the trucks got stuck several times in soupy slush.
Today the group had a late breakfast at the refueling station at 83° South followed by their 5.5 hour flight back to the Oasis. They made it back in time for a celebratory dinner of lamb, herring and South African wine which tasted especially good after a couple days of dehydrated meals. The celebration was in honor of reaching the South Pole but also a belated party for Aurelia's birthday. A good time was had by all.
After the party it was time to hit the Banya for some good Suana-ing.
Tomorrow the group plans to take a hike to the edge of the ice shelf before preparing for their departure around midnight.
Enjoy the photos and check back again soon for another update!
Arriving back from the Pole.
The team has had another unbelievably beautiful day at The Oasis. The whole group went out for another, more extensive hike around the ice shelf that now has a waterfall coming right out from under it. Meltwater above the shelf has formed into a small river and made it's way down through the ice to form the waterfall.
After the hike, the team had their last of several celebratory dinners with Russian dumplings and champagne toasts.
The team is gathering at 10:30pm to make the transfer to the runway for a midnight flight back to Capetown, where the adventure will be complete.
We are excited to share that the South Pole / Vinson combo team reached the summit of Vinson today around 3:30 PM local time. Wohoo! Everyone was thrilled to be standing on the roof of Antarctica.