Vinson Massif Expedition: Team Arrives in Punta Arenas, Chile
Twenty four hours of flying high and fast brought our team of 12 to the end of the conventional planet. We’re now assembled in Punta Arenas, Chile... ready to go the final leg of our journey to the unconventional planet. Things look good for firing up the Gulfstream tomorrow morning to jump on down to Union Glacier in Antarctica. With luck, we’ll then make the hop out to Vinson Basecamp in ski-equipped Twin Otters.
We landed in Punta near mid-day today and got settled at the venerable old Cabo De Hornos hotel on the town’s central plaza. We walked the streets for a bit, finding lunch and making our way to the headquarters of Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions for a briefing. ALE is our partner and outfitter for the expedition and they got us up to speed on environmental safeguarding procedures and current weather predictions. We then went back to exploring town. There was the obligatory stop for pisco sours in the Shackleton Bar of one of the old, stately hotels on the plaza. Then we found the perfect grill -a Parrilla-for a hearty patagonian dinner. Finally, we watched the sunset light up clouds over Magellan’s Strait as we walked home. Early start tomorrow. Perhaps we’ll finish the day on Mount Vinson.
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December 28, 2019