Today I set off on the first leg of my journey to Antarctica. I am flying from the UK to Punta Arenas, a city at the very southern tip of Chile, where I will wait for my flight to Union Glacier, a base camp in Antarctica. The flight should happen on the 8th November but, as with everything in Antarctica, it very much depends on the weather. Not that I shall be short of things to do while I wait.
In Punta Arenas I will be reunited with all my equipment which was sent ahead of me and there is a list of last minute adjustments that need to be done to prepare it all for Antarctica. I also need to buy the majority of the food that will make up my daily rations and split it into 70 bags – one for each day. It takes time to make up the bags as each item of food is carefully measured; if I take too much the bags will be unnecessarily heavy, but take too little and I might leave myself hungry!
Right now I am finding it very difficult to sit still but I’m not sure if this is due to nervous anxiety or overwhelming excitement – perhaps equal measures of both.