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First Steps on The Last Degree

The team was indeed able to fly to the Last Degree this morning! Everyone is excited and relieved to finally have their work in front of them. Jim Lumberg describes the day perfectly in the daily audio update so please listen for details. The temperature is -10°F with a light wind; Perfect skiing weather for the Antarctic Plateau! 

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Another Day at Union Glacier

It has been another day of waiting for our Last Degree team, but not a day spent idly. The conditions were not favorable for a flight to the Last Degree so the team took advantage of the opportunity to explore the area surrounding Union Glacier Camp. They packed their sleds and skied out for a mock camp set-up where they set up tents, tested stoves, and melted some water. Back in camp, they had a nice bike ride around camp (yes the camp has a supply of bikes!) and overall enjoyed the experiences that Union Glacier has to offer. The tentative schedule for tomorrow is to fly to the Last Degree after breakfast! At that point 60 nautical miles of adventure will be standing between them and the bottom of the globe. Stay tuned for more updates and as always, listen to the AUDIO UPDATE below. 

On the White Continent

It was an exciting day for the Last Degree Ski team. They were picked up at 5:45AM and taken to the airport to board the flight to Antarctica. The plane went wheels up at 9:15AM and after a 4-hour flight, landed at Union Glacier Camp. The team got settled and had lunch with some of the teams that were waiting to fly back to Punta Arenas. Our team spent the afternoon exploring the camp, packing their sled bags, and taking their skis for a test drive. The weather is clear and calm at -11°C with no wind however it seems that there may be some incoming weather. The next step is another flight from Union Glacier to the 89th Degree where their journey will begin in earnest. Stay tuned for updates and listen below to the daily AUDIO UPDATE.

January 3rd Audio Update - Featuring Steve Moulds

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South Pole Last Degree: Getting Ready For Takeoff

The team spent what will hopefully be their last day in Punta Arenas making their final preparations. The logistics crew gathered luggage this morning and transported it to the airport where it was loaded onto the Iluyshin-76 which will take the team to Antarctica. The latest update is that our team will be picked up at 5AM from their hotel and proceed to the airport for an on-schedule flight... READ MORE

The Expedition Begins

This New Year's day has been one of excitement and apprehension for our team in Punta Arenas. The team spent New Year's eve finishing gear checks and sorting all of their group kit before celebrating the ringing in of the New Year with fireworks on the waterfront. Today, the guys had their pre-flight briefing with the other travelers who will be joining them on their flight to the white continent. Tomorrow the team's gear will be picked up and taken to the plane for loading and they will have their first update on the flight schedule which is looking good at this time... READ MORE

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South Pole & Emperor Penguins

This blog features the daily activities of our South Pole & Emperor Penguin Expedition December 6-16, 2016.