Edging closer ?….Signs are better

Report submitted October 26 @ 8:36pm local (Chile Day 10 )
by Henry Worsley

Audio report submitted @ 10pm local
by Kev Johnson

The problem we are facing at the moment is how to get the Ilyushin aircraft (pictured below) to land on a 3km long x 85m wide strip of sheet ice. The heavy snowfall at Union Glacier requires the strip to be constantly cleared by machines and the wind is currently too strong to allow clear visibility….and there is low cloud.

However, the highly reliable weather man in the ALE office is forecasting a window of low wind, good visibility and higher cloud level for Friday which will hopefully clear the first group of passengers. Then it is our turn – but probably not until at least Saturday.

So, we edge closer to the Antarctic continent, but she will only allow us in when she is ready. Until then…we wait.


Today's audio report is from Kevin Johnson, member of the Scott team

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The Ilyushin aircraft that will fly the Scott-Amundsen race teams to the Antarctic

The Ilyushin aircraft that will fly the Scott-Amundsen race teams to the Antarctic



  1. Jack S on October 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm said:

    hi mark, unfortunately you will not be here to do the Turkeys but hope you will have a great time out there might have Wendi round next Friday to catch up with mum and dad, just hoping Kev has remembered his Weobley flag!! i’m sure he has forgot but Mr. Ives has faith in him (: hope you have a great time out there helping kev as you are one of the men who are experienced out there!! dad says to not let him persuade you into carrying him (:

  2. Jack & Alice on October 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm said:

    hi kev first time ever i seen a ginger penguin with a beard, shame our dad isn’t there to carry you like on selection, dad keeps saying to look out for Santa and Rudolph, just roasting chestnuts on the wood burner at the moment listening to absolute80′s, we are having to open the windows as it is so warm in here. sorry have to go its roasting hot in here going to open a window. P.S our dad says would you like for us to send you some vaseline for your thighs. enjoy your red wine for now while it lasts. Remember Weobley high are supporting you!! (:

  3. Charlie on October 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm said:


    come on stop messing about it’s only walking!!!!No change at this end. Got my sloe gin sorted, not sure there will be much left when you get home, unless you come home early of course!!
    Do you want me to book you and Lenny in for the boxing night Nov 18th or if it goes well the bun fight Dec9th. Regards to Blum and the rest of the gang.
    Regards, keep smiling

  4. Hilary and Brian on October 27, 2011 at 6:39 am said:

    Hi Kev, I was beginning to wonder whether you were really there! Good to hear your voice this morning and only hope that the luck is with you for Saturday. Keep enjoying the red wine, rumour has it that you can rely on Chilean wine always being good, enjoy. Love to you all Mum and Dad B. XXX

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