We've been three days in Punta Arenas (Chile), preparing all the material to be ready to fly to Antarctica.
But at the moment we have to pull from one of the key virtues that are required in Antarctica: Patience. In this remote environment, everything is uncertain and approximate. You never know will be possible to be done the next day. And the first example of this is that despite having the Transantarctic flight scheduled for Saturday 22nd. poor weather conditions have postponed it at least until next Monday 24rd. or Tuesday 25th.
However, this delay doesn't mean bad news for us, but it has a clear positive reading: So if the plane could fly on Saturday, we could not be on it, because we have not yet received the key material we need (Sledge, skis, tent, stoves, food, etc..), that we sent by freight shipment on October 4th. It should have arrived here on the 15th., but various bureaucratic problems, logistical and geological, have prevented it so far.
Yes, yes ... we were not wrong to say we have had "geological" problems, because the latter reason that has delayed the truck that brings our cargo from Santiago Chile to Punta Arenas, has been due to the eruption of Caulle Volcano. This has been in eruption for about 3 months, and occasionally emit a lot of ash causing significant visibility problems, and doing that, as in this case have been closed the mountain port Cardenal Somore, where our transport came through. The latest news is that the truck has already been passed, and we'll have the material with us on Sunday afternoon, with the expectation of being able to load it in the Antarctic flight in order to take off on Monday or Tuesday.
Therefore, despite having been very busy making final preparations for the past two days, we now expect many quiet forced waiting hours until we can fly. The good news is that we aim to gain weight and accumulate as much fat in our body as possible; and in Punta Arenas there are some good restaurants. So the next steake and the next beer, will go for you following on this website.