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The team has successfully gathered in Punta Arenas without incident. Everyone's luggage arrived on time and they are taking care of any last minute gear requirements. To celebrate the turning of the New Year, our team walked to the waterfront to watch the fireworks over the Straits of Magellan. Today, the team enjoyed a private tour of the area surrounding Punta Arenas by bus, before finishing off the evening with a welcome reception.
Polar travel and mountain travel have a lot of crossovers. Though the clothes and skills may be different there is the commonality that it is all about putting one foot in front of the next and understanding that the adventure lies in the journey, not at the destination. To celebrate our 25 years of helping mountaineers achieve their polar dreams we are heading to the "the Third Pole." Join us we climb the highest mountain on the planet.
Join Rick and Helen on this world class trek into Everest Base Camp starting at Lukla and ending with two nights at Everest Base Camp. This journey through the Khumbu region will stoke all your high altitude ambitions. Finish off with a helicopter transfer back to Kathmandu, followed by a celebratory dinner. This is a Northwest Passage/PolarExplorers special, not to be missed.
Join PolarExplorers on an unforgettable adventure steeped in austere and remote beauty on the great white continent. The Union Glacier is located in the Heritage Range, below the Ellsworth Mountains, and is home to the Blue Ice Runway and Union Glacier Basecamp (a logistics hub, supporting private expeditions and National Antarctic Programs.) READ MORE...
The team's current location is N 64° 14.737, W 016° 53.195. They had great weather today with minimal wind in the morning, then calm the remainder of the day. The temperature was around 20° F (by the way, yesterday's "below zero" temp was Celcius- it was around -10°C (14° F) whereas today was -6.7° C, 20° F). A lot of the day was downhill with areas large enough to sled down on their sleds (a bit of team competition arose per Eric Rutherford's audio update below...). They traveled 28 km in total. They enjoyed their dinner outside and had a fabulous evening. They reported clear skies with sunny views. They are well rested and ready for tomorrow.