Garrett and team are striking their happy poses because our first of three Vinson expeditions was rewarded for their patience with the best Christmas present ever: a GO! for the flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Union Glacier, Antarctica.
After eight days waiting for the weather at Union Glacier, the team is now headed to the airport to board the Ilyushin IL-76 TD jet for the 4-1/2 hour flight. The extra time in Punta Arenas gave the team the opportunity to fully explore the many restaurants and cultural sights. Somewhere along the way, they even rubbed the toe of Magellan for good luck.
It’s looking like this change in the weather will allow the schedules to start to return to normalcy. Our second team is arriving in Punta Arenas this week. They are scheduled to fly on to Union Glacier on January 3rd. Some of the team may take advantage of the extra time in Chile to explore Patagonia’s Torres del Paine national park – named by National Geographic as one of the World’s most beautiful places. Kind of a nice bonus!
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(photo: Madison Mountaineering archives)