VINSON: Antarctica Pre-Departure Briefing

Pisco Sours on Antarctic Ice

This afternoon we attended Antarctic Logistics & Expedition’s (ALE) pre-departure flight briefing covering everything from boarding procedures to weather to not feeding the penguins. It was very comprehensive and topped off with light canapés and pisco sours served on antarctic ice.

From Punta Arenas we’ll be taking an Iiyushin 76 to Union Glacier where we’ll transfer to a smaller Twin Otter for the flight to Vinson Base Camp. There is strict weather criteria for the Iiyushin to land on the ice runway on Union Glacier and currently winds are too high. Winds are forecast to remain strong overnight and ease throughout tomorrow morning so hopefully we’ll get away without too much delay.

At the briefing we received our boarding passes which was pretty cool.

Origin: Punta Arenas, Chile

Destination: Union Glacier, Antarctica.


I still can’t really believe that in less than 24hrs I’ll be standing on the ice in Antartica.


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