November 24, 2014
Always nice to start a trip knowing that all the guides, all the customers and all of their luggage has arrived at the hotel. Our final 3 climbers arrived in Punta this afternoon and the team is now complete. Guides arrived yesterday and have been busy with the last of the food shopping and packing. Mike Hamill, lead IMG guide, will be meeting with the team this evening for dinner and starting careful equipment checks. ALE, the flight service, will hold a briefing tomorrow morning. All members/guides for all teams will be present. They’ll be briefed by one of the ALE partners and also have a chance to meet some of the Russian flight crew. Pretty cool stuff.
Gear will likely be collected tomorrow afternoon and the plane will be loaded. First good weather window and they’ll be headed to Antarctica.