We attended the mandatory ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) debriefing this morning at 9:00 AM. ALE operates the camps in Antarctica and handles all the logistics. The meeting lasted about 1.5 hours and we were told to have our bags packed and ready by 2:00 PM so they can be weighed, picked up, transported and loaded onto the plane. The current plan is for us to be ready by 7:00 PM at our hotel for an evening departure down to Union Glacier.
At 7:00 PM we received a call from ALE with bad news. Weather conditions worsened making it impossible to fly, so our flight has been postponed and the next possible opportunity is tomorrow morning; so we’ve been told to be ready by 6:00 AM for a possible departure. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to get out of Punta Arenas tomorrow.
In the mean time, four of us (Joe, Tom, Roberto & Rosier) along with our assistant guide Sam went out to explore the town and to a late dinner at a nice Chilean restaurant. It’s now nearly midnight and heading to bed hoping for the early departure to the Antarctic continent.Next Post: Vinson: Delayed in Punta Arenas Previous Post: Vinson Massif & Antarctica Expedition under way