It was a beautiful day today in Antarctica. Not a cloud in the sky and very comfortable temperatures. The group spent the afternoon exploring ice caves at the base of a mountain glacier. In the morning they flew kites. The plan for tomorrow is in flux pending a few logistical considerations. We will keep you posted.
The team is staying in an area known as the Schirmacher Oasis. This is a 25 m by 3 km ice free area (hence the name "Oasis") that has roughly 100 freshwater lakes. It is named after the German pilot who first spotted the oasis while surveying Antarctica by air. It it a desert and is remarkably scenic. We are hoping to post some larger pictures so check back soon!
The team has touched down in Antarctica!
The 6-hour flight was smooth and conditions were cloudy but calm when the plane touched down. From the runway, the team was transferred 12km to The Oasis for a nice lunch. They had time to settle into their accommodations before going for a hike to see the ice shelf.
Everyone is in great spirits and settled in after a nice dinner. If the weather improves tomorrow, the team plans to go see the ice cave near base camp.
Yesterday the team had their Pre-Flight briefing where they reviewed the details of the expedition and received their boarding passes. During the briefing, they were also introduced to Richard, an official from the South African government who will be shadowing our group to observe polar commercial travel for future legislation.
After picking up their Polar outerwear, the team feels ready and excited to embark! Next stop, Antarctica!
Welcome to our South Pole & Emperor Penguin expedition blog. The team has gathered in Cape Town in advance of their departure to Antarctica. All are well and looking forward to the upcoming journey. We received this dispatch today from the team:
Throughout the USA, Canada, the UK and elsewhere people are organizing their kit, pulling tires and getting ready for our upcoming South Pole and Mt. Vinson expeditions. You'll be able to follow along with the expeditions right here. Check back again on January 1 for the first dispatch.
An intrepid team of adventurers will soon depart from Cape Town, South Africa to explore some of the best parts of Antarctica. This includes a visit to an emperor penguin colony and a trip to the Geographic South Pole. This blog will kick off on December 5th. Please check back then to read about the team's activities and to hear daily audio dispatches.