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Icecap Journeys

November to December 2012

On Thursday November 29, Linda, Kerryn and Rob arrived in Tortel by boat, their first physical contact with civilisation since they left El Chalten in Argentina on November 11.

Well done Linda, Rob and Kerryn on successfully and safely crossing the South Patagonian Icecap.

Thank you to Graham from the Instituto de Educación Experiencial de la Patagonia Ltda for your ongoing support in South America and liaison with the authorities in both Argentina and Chile. This support included providing daily weather updated and even down to ensuring the expedition had access to Chilean Pesos on arrival in Tortel.

The Team would also like to say a big thank-you to our sponsors who have helped make this expedition possible and allowed the expedition to stay in constant touch with Australian Base Communications.

  • Australian Geographic
  • inReach provided by Pivotel
  • Carman’s Kitchen
  • Hilleberg the Tent Maker

To Read through the daily dispatches sent during the expedition, click HERE

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Linda, Kerryn and Rob are heading back to the South Patagonian icecap to see whether a fresh approach will get them successfully across the icecap. "We almost need to take flippers, goggles and bathers" says Linda "to cope with the wet weather that bogged us down last time".

With a gear list more suitable to wet, windy and not quite so cold weather, and a reduced weight more suitable to back packing, the team's plans will accomodate the load hauling that is required to get onto the access glacier. It will take up to a week to reach the icecap. Once there we can lighten our loads by using small sleds to haul our gear. This time we are going in spring when there will be much longer daylight - though we will also need to allow for the wind storms that the Patagonian Icecap is renowned for.

Linda and Kerryn will reach the Argentinian town of El Chalten on October 30th. They will have a week to prepare and once Rob arrives on the 5th November will be ready to begin with a climb up the Marconi pass.

Linda. Icecap journeys. Bendigo. from Liz Martin on Vimeo.