Counting Down

A quick update (as it’s just turned midnight on Thursday and I still have things to finish) to say that it currently looks like I’ll be flying to Antarctica tomorrow morning, early on Friday 3rd November.

It’s a four-and-a-quarter-hour flight aboard an Ilyushin IL-76 to a privately-run base called Union Glacier in Antarctica’s Ellsworth Mountains, and I’ve spent most of the last week packing and fine-tuning my gear, clothing and food in a small warehouse in a backstreet of Punta Arenas, while simultaneously trying to get to the bottom of both my email inbox and my to-do list.

We’ll have a weather update at 7am, so I’ll know for sure then whether or not we’re flying that day, but for now I need to keep bashing away at my keyboard for a little longer before I close my laptop ā€“ and my emails ā€“ for at least two months…

Ben Saunders (@polarben)
03/11/17
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Simon Howell

04/11/2017

Onward!

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Richard Pierce

04/11/2017

Just goes to show how writing a novel about Shackleton has distracted me from the real world, because I only found out about your expedition from a friend. Good luck and God Speed. I’ll be watching from afar, missing the Antarctic myself, and knowing I’d never be brave enough to do what you’re doing. R

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Jason Beckett

04/11/2017

The very best of luck Ben, I have no doubt that Henry Worsley is cheering you on. Jason

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Mary Patterson- NZ

04/11/2017

Hi Ben
Once again all the very best to you! Travel well and I’m sure all your hard work and prior preparation will lead to yet again a very successful journey . God Speed!
Mary (meet at Scott Base , PCAS student)

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Mal Owen

04/11/2017

Will again be following your blog as you traverse the ice. Wishing you every success in your endeavour. Keep safe and warm. Mal

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Luke Hull

04/11/2017

Best of luck Ben, Henry got so close but now its your turn, if anybody can complete this last great polar challenge it’s you.
wishing you all the best
Luke

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Greg

03/11/2017

Wishing you much luck and safe travels. Las Vegas is with you.

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Richard and Lisa Prangle

03/11/2017

Sending love and best wishes for a safe and successful expedition.

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Valerie Reading-Kitchen

03/11/2017

Hello Ben, this is Valerie, One of your neighbours. Wishing you all the best, be brave, will be thinking of you all the time. Specially when Iā€™m tucked up cosy in my bed. Or looking out over our Beautiful Green Terrace. Lots of love and best wishes, from Valerie

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Matthew

03/11/2017

Hi Ben,

Wishing you the very best throughout your journey and looking forward to the live updates. Hang in there and good luck!

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