Departure

After a 10-day delay in Punta Arenas, I’m finally on my way to Antarctica. I will be flying on a Russian cargo plane operated by Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (along with several other expeditions who have all been waiting to get to the ice) to their base camp on Union Glacier in the Ellsworth Mountains. Even though I will be in Antarctica in just 4 or 5 hours, I still won’t be able to start my expedition immediately. First I must wait for a flight in a small ski plane to the far coast of Antarctica to my start point on the Ross Ice Shelf. As with my journey into Antarctica, this flight is completely weather dependent. Only once the plane leaves after dropping me off at the coast will I be completely alone, and then, I can start my real journey!

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