The team has safely landed on the Antarctic plateau and have taken their first steps on the Last Degree! They began the day by breaking down camp and packing their sleds at Union Glacier before an 8AM breakfast. There was some concern about visibility remaining good at their dropoff, so they took off in the Twin Otter shortly after breakfast. The flight to the last degree is long enough to require a refueling stop, so they didn't touch down on 89 Degrees Latitude until 4PM thi afternoon.
The team decided to ski for 30 minutes to stretch their legs and warm up in the -25C temperatures. There are currently thick, low clouds obscuing visibility and very little contrast, but luckily the wind is light. These conditions are forecast to remain until Monday. Tomorrow, the team will likely have a short day to allow for a comfortable acclimatization. Listen to the audio update below for full details!
Audio Update from Dean Attwell
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