The organisers said they would give us two hours notice (before we were supposed to board the plane for Antarctica) but in fact we had 15 minutes notice to get packed and on the plane, a Russian Illysian cargo jet. We had an amazing flight over here. There are no windows. You sit in this huge cargo jet and cant see a thing. Its a really amazing experience.
We landed on ice so you cant apply brakes but the Russian pilot really did an incredible job.
Then we got out of the plane and onto the snow and the ice. It was the most beautiful landscape. Its just so clean and clear. I have to confess that due to the sheer joy of it, I shed a tear and was very emotional. It is just such a privilege to be on this continent and to experience this pristine area.
We only got to bed at 5 in the morning as we only landed at 3 oclock. We had a couple of hours sleep and started the preparation of kit – checking everything today. Weve just come back from a test walk on the skis. Nzuzo was just great. Hes never even seen snow but he got up and going like a real pro! It was absolutely amazing and we are all thrilled about that. Its going to make our preparations a lot easier going forward.
Tomorrow we go out on our own on a ski test run so were all really looking forward to that. All in all its been an incredible day. The temperature is cold at -17C and back in South Africa, you guys are having a wonderful time enjoying temperatures of 30C.
Anyway enjoy South Africa and we will talk to you tomorrow.
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Pictures from the Pole