Project Iceberg...Antarctica: The Last Marathon!
January 28 - Depart U.S. for overnight flights
to Buenos Aires.
January 29 -
Arrive Buenos Aires. Light training run in late afternoon. Evening Cocktail
reception and welcome banquet.
January 30 - Day
free for optional sightseeing tours.
January 31 -
Transfer to domestic airport for flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, the
world's southernmost city. Day free to explore the town or to book optional
sightseeing excursions into the National Forest. Board Lyubov Orlova at about
3:30pm for departure to Antarctica. Welcome reception and briefing on shipboard
safety. Evening film, Ice Birds.
February 1-2 -
Two-three days at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage (the
roughest seas on the globe, where the two Oceans meet, waves can be 30-60 feet
high depending on reports you're reading), depending on weather. The open
bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird's eye view of the navigational
activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce
visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica.
February 3-4 -
Land Ho! We reach Deception Island in late afternoon. The weather will be our
master as we spend a couple of days cruising in and among the bays and channels
of the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's Zodiacs will carry
us to shore wherever possible, weaving safely among the icebergs and floes to
visit with seals and penguins.
February 5 -
Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The race will start
about 9:00. Post-Race Party and celebration during the evening.
The marathon and half marathon take
place on King George Island, the largest of the Shetland Islands, off the coast
of the Antarctica Peninsula. Someone will have marked the course with flags on the previous day.
Marathoners compete a 2 loop course & half-marathoners do one loop, which
includes climbing a 2-mile stretch on a glacier, crossing glacial streams,
hopping over river rocks & traversing sharp rolling hills.
The start is at Artigas, the
Uruguayan base & runs through Russian, Chilean and Chinese bases on each
loop. Aid stations every 3
miles. Temps are said to range between
15-35F, as it is summer there.
Winds range from 0-40 mph, creating wind chills of 5 to -20F. They say
to hope for sub-freezing temps; otherwise we'll be running in muck. If Mother Nature is kind & the
weather allows, the race will start at 9am. Post race celebration & party
February 6-7 -
We head south toward the eastern side of the Peninsula, cruising among the
fjords and islands. Weaving among the icebergs, our desination is Paradise Bay,
one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to
have a barbecue on deck. The zodiacs will bring us to shore for a visit to the
nine person Argentinian base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are
welcome to climb to the peak for a bird's eye view of the area.
February 8 - We
leave the "White Continent" to recross the Drake Passage.
February 9 - We first sight land at Cape Horn,
Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia.
February 10 -
The morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00am when we disembark and check
in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then transferring from the
domestic airport to the international airport for overnight flights returning
to the U.S. Optional stopovers commence.
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