Antarctic update: On the airplane to Union Glacier; and a Greenland kite ski video

Antarctic update: On the airplane to Union Glacier; and a Greenland kite ski video

Posted: Nov 24, 2010 03:22 pm EST

The Ilyushin is in the air on its way from Punta Arenas to ALE's new base camp, Union Glacier, according to a Tweet sent over Contact 5 software from inside the Russian cargo plane.

Willem ter Horst sent the following Tweet about two hours ago (from the time of this writing), On the plane and firing up the engines. Ready for take-off. Bye-bye everyone.

This is the first flight with skiers and other adventurers from Punta Arenas this season. The Ilyushin flight to Antarctica takes just over 4 hours.

Greenland kite ski video

A Greenland Norwegian kite ski team sent news to ExplorersWeb about a video that they have posted about their expedition.

During the 2010 Greenland Spring the X-Greenland expedition with teammates Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark kite skied from DYE II to an exit point near Qaanaaq; a distance of about 1,500 1,700 km. The video shows them starting off at DYE II, riding the winds across the Inland ice, enjoying steaks for dinner, leaving the ice cap and exiting across rocks with their sleds.

Nils Arne told ExplorersWeb that they used the same exit route as Ronny Finsaas did in 2009. A very good exit. We kited all the way to the edge of the icecap. Not a single crevasse crossed. Just to step out of the skis and walk on solid rocks.

Click here to see the video. It is also posted in Ratna Park.

See other links below the image on the left.

Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI/TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
(70° 4637S, 011° 4926E).
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).


Hercules Inlet return journey
Unassisted, unsupported

Chris Foot (UK - website)
Chris Foot (UK - dispatches)

Hercules Inlet start
Unassisted, unsupported

Christian Eide (Norway) website
Christian Eide daily updates

Indian Army with ANI guides Devon McDiarmid (Canada) and Svante Strand (Norway)
Team members: Anand Swaroop (leader), Bala Karthik, Arjun Kumar Thapa, Ram Singh, Khilap Singh, Tsewang Morup, Parsuram Gurung, Showkat Ahmad Mir

Hercules Inlet start
Assisted, Unsupported

Willem ter Horst (The Netherlands) with ANI guide Hannah McKeand (UK)
Willem ter Horst website
Willem ter Horst dispatches

Vinson climb and ski Last Degree

Team Latitude with Christian Eide
Adventure Consultants with Guy Cotter

Ski Last Degree

Ice Axe Doug Stoup (also doing a Peninsula climb and ski)
IceTrek Eric Philips guiding a Chinese group
Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
PolarExplorers with guide Rick Sweitzer

Mount Vinson

International Mountain Guides (IMG) with guides Phil Ershler, Greg Vernovage and Mike Hamill.
Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
7 Summits Club with Alex Abramov

Science projects

Fuchs Foundation Antarctic Expedition 2010 (UK)
Fuchs Foundation team members: teachers Lindsay Hilton, Lisa Wood, Tim Miall and Roussel De Carvalho with BPE leaders, Carl Alvey and Carolyn Bailey.
University of Exeter - Holocene Stability of West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Centro de Estudios Cientificos
Institute Ice Stream Aerial Survey

Motorized crossing/return and science

The Moon-Regan Transantarctic Expedition with Imperial College London Union Glacier-GSP-McMurdo-and back.

Arctic Truck Expeditions:
1. NCAOR Expedition GĂ­sli Karel, Freyr Jonsson and Eyjolfur Teitsson (Iceland) and 8 Indian scientists, Novo - Geographic South Pole Novo;
2. Kazakhstan National Geographic Society Gunnar Haraldsson and Hlynur SigurĂ°sson from Iceland with 6-8 people from Kazakhstan. Novo-SP-Novo
3. 2010 Ski Race GĂ­sli JĂłnsson, Aron Reynisson and GuĂ°mundur GuĂ°jĂłnsson from Arctic Trucks.

Other links:

CONTACT 5 expedition technology

Polar rules of Adventure
What is solo?
Hercules Inlet start point

Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
The Antarctic Company (TAC/ALCI)

#Polar #topstory

Polar skiers and Vinson climbers inside the Ilyushin-76 on a flight a few years ago from Punta Arenas to Patriot Hills, ALEs previous base camp. (click to enlarge)
Image by Correne Coetzer, SOURCE