Monday, 09 November 2015 17:16

Crossing South Georgia Island: Part 1

This morning the crossing of South Georgia Island officially began. The team had a hearty breakfast aboard the Plancius before getting shuttled to shore by zodiac. A welcome party of fur seals, elephant seals, and penguins greeted them as they unloaded and began preparing to travel.

 

At 10:15am the group began skiing and after 2.5 hours, traded their skis for crampons which would provided greater traction on the icy snow conditions. The icy snow conditions mixed with whiteout snow made for slow going today. The visibility was so diminished that the ends of the team needed to communicate by radio in order to stay together. In spite of the difficult conditions, the group continued on all day through the whiteout, guided by GPS. 

As of 8:00pm the group had established their first camp on the island, approximately 2.5 nautical miles West of the Trident Ridge, and were preparing for their first meal in the group dining shelter. Everyone reported warm bodies, warm hearts, and an eagerness to continue the journey tomorrow. 

Stay tuned for updates on the next portion of the journey!

 

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