We are next to fly South…

Report submitted October 29th @ 00:11 local (Chile Day 12 )
by Henry Worsley

It seems that finally we might be on the move. The first flight successfully delivered its passengers today and returned from the Antarctic reporting that the runway at Union Glacier was in very good condition and that the weather was fine. So, all is set for our flight tomorrow afternoon. It is hard to imagine that only four and a half hours away by airplane the temperature is -25c and has 24 hours of daylight.

Our plan once we arrive is to spend as little time in Union glacier as possible and then fly forward to the Cape Evans where we will drop off the Scott team. The sea ice conditions are very changeable at the moment but hopefully they will be able to make it to the hut to start their journey – we won’t really know until we get there.
Once they have been dropped off, the plane will take the Amundsen team to the Bay of Whales and drop them off. On a satellite phone call the teams will then depart and next see each other at the South Pole in January 2012.

Our reporting schedule will now switch to a daily audio report only. Once we get underway you will hear a report from each route as we follow our respective journeys.

As our departure finally edges closer we are all now very focussed on the journeys ahead and the task we have set ourselves. This will be a momentous journey for all of but in the end we wont lose sight of the main aims; to celebrate a great event in the history of polar exploration and to leave a mark of that celebration by helping our wounded servicemen and women.

Thank you all for your wonderful support – the time for us to deliver is now upon us.



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  1. Fiona Gordon on October 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm said:

    Good luck to you all on your epic journeys. You will be in our thoughts and prayers until we hear you are safetly home. This is an incredible thing you are doing. I know there will be many very hard and difficult times but also moments of pure joy and once in a lifetime moments – enjoy, have an amazing journey but most of all keep safe. You are all very precious.
    Much love to you all even though I only know one of you.
    Fi xxxxxx oooooo

  2. Dave C on October 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

    Good effort lads! A worthy cause, keep it up.


    Dave C

  3. Bobby Charlton on October 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

    Hello geezers, fingers crossed for you all that you take off soon. Hope the red wine down there has not thinned your blood too much. Vic I took Bentley out for a run the other day so he’s not getting fat but Hanna’s belly is growing bigger every day!

    Enjoy the journey and stay safe,

    A Very jealous, Bobby.c

  4. Peter Otway on October 29, 2011 at 11:38 am said:

    That sounds like very good news indeed, Henry, so let’s hope your next message is your audio from the ice itself. Good luck with the Cape Evans sea ice and with the snow surfaces and weather in general throughout the summer. I will be with you in spirit – and more than a little envious when your teams reach the Transantarctic Mountains!

    All the very best! Peter Otway

  5. Clive E on October 29, 2011 at 11:10 am said:


    Great to hear that you’re finally getting the flight.
    Time for Lou to dry out now – Wino!



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