Sat around waiting.. 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and finally at 5, they came in to tell us that the flight was a go.
We packed up our stuff, got our sleds organized and made our way to the most incredible plane. It is a Basler DC3 that was made in 1944 for the Royal Canadian Air Force. There is a plaque in the cockpit that shows its lineage.
It was originally designed as a military plane for cargo and parachuting and it’s been refurbished. It is in impeccable condition and it is stunning. All Canadian crew.
The crew comes down from Alberta, and it takes them almost a week to come all the way down to the Antarctic. They fly down at the beginning of season, then fly back at the end of the expedition season. It’s the same as the Twin Otter. They now have two planes, the DC3 and Twin Otter.
It has wheels and sleds and landed on snow at 8858.7, meaning we actually have to do a little more than the last degree, which I think all of us are just fine with.
It was -25 degrees Celsius when we landed. We ended up skiing straight out of the plane and got into camp. Then it was just organizing the gear and putting up the tent.
As only girl on this trip, and knowing that the environment is flat and you can see for 10 miles, ablutions are challenging. I have to say that everyone at camp is very familiar with my behind. Not much I can do about that!! (LOL)
In any case, we’re all doing well. Everybody’s in good spirits and we’re about to start the last degree tomorrow. Love to everybody.