December 11 - 13 Update from Punta Arenas
This is Wally Berg reporting from the Berg Adventures office in
The briefing for our team’s flight to
These explorers and adventures, including some Vinson climbers, were no doubt very happy to return to a land where the sun sets and things grow. Of course the successful completion of this flight to the Ice meant our team was cleared to go next, as soon as the crew got a proper amount of rest and conditions were suitable for another go at the flight down to the Blue Ice Runway at Patriot Hills.
These notes below will update you on the reports we have been getting from Dave, Bud and Peter.
Saturday December 11th.
Yesterday a round trip was done, 27 people, who had been waiting since Dec. 4th down to the ice and 47 people back.
Dave Hahn reported that
Dave also reported to me that weather is good at Patriot Hills, but that the winds are a bit high, so we will be watching closely. Scheduled shortwave radio contact with the crew at Patriot Hills will provide the important information
He says that Peter and Bud appear upbeat and as relaxed as they can be in these hours of uncertainty. They are sending e-mails and taking naps. Not a bad way to pass time on a Saturday in
Sunday, December 12th
In the afternoon they were told to be standing by at the hotel for a call at . That evening they were “stood down” and told to take the night off. The team shared a nice dinner together at the rooftop dining room of Bud and Peter’s hotel.
Monday, December 13th
From Dave in the morning:
Winds 15 knots gusting 27 down at Pat.Hills. Next call is at . Still lots of things to do... We may hang in the office by the radio this afternoon or visit one of the museums. I’ll show the guys the gym if they want to work out, or we will take in another movie.
At about Punta time from Bud:
Apparently the winds are shifting but still too high. Normally, variable winds presage a diminishing of force especially in relation to frontal passage.
From Bud at around
Was up at the office when the came in. 11 gusting 16 and steady. Pressure falling. We have gone to one hour stand by. I will try to get an e-mail out if we head for the airport.
Now here in