January 8, 2019
IMG Senior Guide, Luke Reilly, is in Punta Arenas, Chile with our second Vinson expedition for this season. They’ve been shopping, packing, doing gear checks and getting acquainted. Today’s their briefing with ALE, the flight service. That’s a fun get together, as the team learns more about all the logistics involved with the flight to 80 degrees S. and they get to meet all the other climbers heading to Vinson for the final trip of the season.
Then, it’s up to mother nature to determine when they fly. The plane, the IL76, is already loaded and ready. Maybe the weather’s good tonight, or maybe it’s tomorrow, but everyone’s ready to take advantage of the first opportunity to get down there.
Luke and team will pass Austin and team at the Union Glacier landing site. Luke and crew will be heading to Vinson while Austin and team will be ready to begin the journey home. So far, all is good and all is on schedule.