Mountain Climbing in Antarctica, Part 1

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Eighteen of us are tightly packed toward the cockpit of a Hercules C-130 aircraft, bracing for a landing that the pilot has never tried. Below us is the most unbelievable and surreal sight that I’ve witnessed. We are about to touch down at Patriot Hills, Antarctica, withOUT skis on the landing gear of this massive plane. The pilot informs us that he’s bringing the temperature of the plane down, so we can get “used” to Antarctica. Fear not, however, there’s currently a heat wave at 8 degrees below zero with calm winds. The plane bounces then violently shakes around as we slide on the ice for what seems like miles. Amazingly, we make it, unscathed. (more…)