Snowed In and Unplugging

A quick update from 79 degrees South. It snowed through the night and we had poor visibility here until about 3pm today when brighter patches started appearing in the thinning cloud, and I was told to make sure I was packed and ready to go for an early evening drop-off flight. I spent the next few hours on tenterhooks before being told at 7pm that the weather window had closed, and that a flight tomorrow evening was looking like my next chance to start the expedition.

Part of me is itching to get moving, and part of me – of course – is happy to be staying here at Union Glacier a little longer, with people and conversation and laughter in the big heated mess tent, where three cooked meals a day are served up, with fresh coffee in the morning and chilled cans of beer in the evening…

Peeling oneself (or at least the lazier, lizard-brained side of one’s self) away from the comfort and convenience and instant gratification of life in the civilised world is part of the magic – to me at least – of expeditions like this. Stepping off the Ilyushin and onto Antarctica’s ice for the first time on Saturday, one of my first reactions was to reach for my iPhone, to Instagram the astonishing view. But the nearest mobile phone signal is nearly 2,000 miles away and the area of my brain that finds pulling a thumb down a smartphone screen addictive is going to have to go cold turkey from its dopamine habit for a couple of months and learn some patience.

Speaking of patience, the weather is closing in again as I type. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a flight tomorrow…

Ben Saunders (@polarben)
07/11/17
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Robert Deming

08/11/2017

Hey Ben. You are the Dance. Never alone. Look forward to tales from the other side. Good luck getting started in the next few days.

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Intrepid

08/11/2017

Hello Ben,
Very exciting to be tuned in to your journey. I look forward to the next few months! Wishing you all the grit needed for making history, your way.
Godspeed!
Intrepid

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Ava Lions Class

07/11/2017

Hey Ben , I wish you all of luck and have gust finished reading ice trap(shakletons expedition) with my class.

I wish I had the opportunity to go!

😄😄🙂

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slacker

07/11/2017

When you say “chilled cans of beer”, do you mean cans of beer that have been warmed up to drinking temperature?

Best of luck with the crossing!

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Dan

07/11/2017

Best of luck Ben!

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Konrad Bartelski

07/11/2017

Ben,
Following your trip with much interest. Fingers crossed that the weather falls your way.
KB

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Miss Wood & Tigers Class

07/11/2017

Hi Ben,

In School, we have been learning all about Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. Today, we have finally finished reading all about his mind blowing adventure and how he rescued his stranded crew.

We understand that you are about to start your own journey to Antarctica and we would like to wish you a safe and successful expedition.

We will look forward to hearing your updates!

From Miss Wood & Tigers Class
Epsom, Surrey, UK

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Bård Haug

07/11/2017

Have a nice trip Ben. All best wishes from Tonsberg, Norway.

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