December 24 Christmas Eve Vinson Expedition Dispatches!
Wally Berg at BAI Office, Friday Morning ( ) Long night waiting in
After refueling in
At this morning local time the Ilyushin finally took off. Now it has been in the air about minutes…
Winds have been inconsistent, all over the place in the past hours at Patriot Hills, they have been up and down so we are hoping when the aircraft is actually over Patriot Hills and the winds are checked just before landing that the crew will feel a safe landing is possible. They do not have enough fuel on board to wait long to make a decision, so we will know within a few hours if our team will be on the way back home today.
An Optimistic Dave Hahn by Sat Phone from Patriot Hills at :
Hey this is Dave Hahn calling in for the last dispatch of the Berg Adventures International trip to
The Ilyushin, the big transport plane is inbound heading for Patriot Hills and should be here at in the afternoon, that’s Chilean time, and we’ll be getting off the continent if all goes well. We are keeping our fingers crossed, the wind has been blowing a bit the last couple of days, but we’ve been resting easy passing the time playing games and reading books and we are looking forward to getting off the continent. It’s going to be a challenge but Bud, Peter and I are going to try and get back north as soon as we can and the boys will probably be coming home on Christmas.
All the best and see you on the next trip!
UPDATE from Wally Berg: