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April the games won score stood at 35 to Germany: 7 to South Africa! During this week a tentative possibility existed for us to depart from King George Island via a Uruguayan military flight but the plan remained just that… tentative…. and never materialised. 24 to 31 April 2010 The satellite internet connection whirred as plans for our departure raced along

email pathways between Jubany, Bremerhaven, Montevideo, Frei, Punta Arenas and so on. Finally it seemed (thanks to Dirk; the obviously patient and very efficient AWI logistics officer) we had reasonable clarity that our departure date was set, but obviously weather dependent. We did not allow ourselves too much optimism because as experienced “Polar Islanders” we fully understand the concept of “hurry-up-and-wait”, meaning you must hurry up and get ready, but be patient because you may not leave for a while. The date was set for 31 April and this time the Uruguayan military flight was confirmed for that date. All we needed to do was get across Maxwell Bay to the Chilean station ‘Frei’ where the aircraft would pick us up. The wind blew and the snow drifted heavily all week causing doubt as to our

Nico and Horst head past Stranger Point towards the Polar Club Glacier.

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Met Eish 04  

Unofficial newsletter of the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany) and Mammal Research Institute's (South Africa) 2010 elephant seal satellite...

Met Eish 04  

Unofficial newsletter of the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany) and Mammal Research Institute's (South Africa) 2010 elephant seal satellite...

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