We used the first two days to start the work on the glacier, especially we started to build a deposit of equipment at the beginning of the glacier, since we expect the snow to melt and transportation from Jubany station to the glacier will become a lot more difficult.
On October 22nd finally our voyage with the Russian ship Polar Pioneer from Mar del Plata to King George Island began. It would be longer than we thought before.
The Argentinean scientific team travelling to Jubany from Buenos Aires has to stop over at Marambio station, Seymore Island.
Leaving Buenos Aires by bus direction to Mar del Plata was pretty uneventful. First, I was a bit anxious to sleep in order not to miss anything, but the landscape turned out to be infinetely vast and flat and flood, a birders paradise.
Getting on the road with three big suitcases, one backpack, computer case, in total 90 kilos, is not easy, but it is suprising how much help you get when you're obviously not able to move otherwise ;-)
11:45 p.m. (Oct. 13th): the taxi picks me up and brings me straight to the airport. Fairbanks already got its first snow and luckily the roads are fine and not slippery as in the mornings this week.
Preparations before expeditions are always exciting. No matter if it’s a private trip to some destinations in the European Alps or it’s scientific expedition to one of the remotest areas of the world - Antarctica.