Union Glacier current: The Ilyushin has landed on Antarctica

Posted: Oct 31, 2012 09:03 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) The IL-76 has landed at Union Glacier blue-ice runway SCGC for the first time this season. Solo return skier, Aaron Linsdau were the first and only skier on the flight to ANI's base camp. Watch a video of a previous IL landing. And ANI sent over some news to ExplorersWeb.

Aaron Linsdau

Yesterday Aaron told ExWeb that he was still busy with some last minute adjustments to his gaiters while his loads of butter were keeping fresh in the Hotel Condor de Plata's fridge.

In a voice report from Union Glacier, Aaron says he is going to take a day to finalize his preparations and make sure everything is right because once he is out there, "that's it". He also says he wants to make sure he does not follow any roads, "because I am unsupported and unaided and that would be cheating and I definitely don't want to do that."

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ANI staff member Rachel Shepard told ExplorersWeb they are happy to have the same, experienced Ilyushin crew back who has flown for them in previous seasons.

She added, "One upcoming item [this season] that is kind of exciting is the 25th anniversary of the first wheeled DC-4 landing at Patriot Hills, on November 21, 1987." They will soon be posting about that on their website.

ANI are also excited about the weather research project that they are collaborating on with the University of New South Wales and expeditions that they are supporting on the different routes, says Rachel. Data obtained will be added to Antarctic weather databases and help to improve understanding of Antarctic meteorology.

Their website explains more, "Expeditions will be provided with a Kestrel 4500 weather meter capable of measuring temperature, pressure, wind speed and direction, and humidity, and will be asked to take daily weather observations. Lightweight iButton temperature sensors, capable of continuous self-recording measurements, will be attached to one of the expedition sleds and the data downloaded at Union Glacier camp at the end of the trip."

Below a video of the Ilyushin-76 landing at Union Glacier last season, by Eric Larsen:

Aaron Linsdau will attempt a return ski from Hercules Inlet to the Pole. The Hercules Inlet route starts at 80°S and covers a distance of 1130km to the Geographic South Pole at 90°S.

Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI/TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
(70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E).
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).
Gateway port Christchurch, New Zealand:
To USA science station McMurdo, and other
(77°50'39"S, 166°40'22"E)

Expeditions with RSS feeds can be followed in the live Dispatch stream at the Pythom App
for iPhone and on Android as well as at ExplorersWeb.

ExplorersWeb Expedition List



Previous season Union Glacier staff and ANI client tents under the watchful eye of the Elephant Rock.
courtesy ANI, SOURCE
The "guides" area with expedition tents and dining tent.
courtesy ANI, SOURCE
Union Glacier camp from the air.
courtesy ANI, SOURCE
The IL-76 at Union Glacier runway.
courtesy ANI, SOURCE
The terminal building at UG runway.
courtesy ANI, SOURCE