Escape from the pole

A strong breeze blew 20kts over our camp and a weak sun filtered through the blowing snow when we got news the Basler was it’s way in to pick us up! Woohoo, we are on our way out of here! A very quick pack-up ensued and soon we were loading all our kit into the aircraft for the 4 hour flight back to Union glacier. The relative luxury of this place is phenomenal, it’s a very pleasant minus 8 degrees C so we’re all happy to be here. We’re now awaiting better conditions for our flight back to Punta Arenas that may not occur until Monday. Naturally we’re all keen to get home so we’re hoping for a break in the clouds before then.
We will keep you posted!


Guy for the AC Last Degree team

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3 Responses to Escape from the pole

  1. Tarik Zahid says:

    Dear Waleed,
    Great to know you guys are closer to your well deserved hot showers and creature comforts of modern life.Hope Haytham’s frost bite is better. Jeddah is 30 C so there is a warm place to go to.Look forward to your safe return.

  2. Nabeel Zahid says:

    Woohoo! I think I’m just about as exhilarated as you guys that you’ve made it to Union Glacier!
    Come on Haytham, -8 C, time to break out those shorts and catch some rays! šŸ™‚
    Godspeed back!


  3. AK says:

    Hamdilla Ala Salamah. It must be a great feeling to be in warmer climes, though we shudder over here at the thought of -8C. Insha’Allah, you’ll get the break to finally get off Antarctica and arrive to Punta Arenas for that wonderful warm shower you’ve been dreaming about.

    Unfortunately, we are not as skilled as Haytham to find words that can express our exhilaration, joy and pride that you have overcame unbelievable harshness and extreme inhuman conditions to reach your targets. This is a lesson for all of us in all facets of our lives be they personal, family or career. Congratulations again. We look forward to welcoming you back into our arms as the first Saudi Pioneers to reach the South Pole.

    Bisalamah on the rest of your trip.


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