Submitted on October 20th @ 10:39pm local time (Chile Day 4)
An important day of final tests of our communication equipment. Each team will carry two satellite telephones which are our lifeline to the logistics base at Union glacier. We are required to inform them daily with our current position, distance travelled and any medical issues. Solar energy will provide all our power needs which include the phone, cameras, video cameras and even ipods.
Even though we are only four and a half hours flying time from the Antarctic it seems much further as we sit patiently waiting for the first, delayed, flight to leave – possibly on Friday. Then it will be our turn.
But a good sign that we are edging closer is that all our equipment is being weighed tomorrow ready for the flight. In readiness for this, last minute impulsive buying of totally useless pieces of equipment has been undertaken by some members of the team !
Finally, Lennie Browne leaves tonight’s audio message. A member of the Amundsen team, he is particularly proud of his Irish roots and the strong link his homeland has with the heroic age of polar exploration through tough and inspiring men such as Tom Crean and Ernest Shackleton.
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Submitted on October 20th @ 10:10pm (local)
We apologise for the intermittent audio at the beginning of this report. Audio reports are submitted via satellite phone, which sometimes suffer from a loss of service.
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