Back to Patriot Hills !

Published on 17.12.2007 - Fuchs Foundation Antarctic Expedition 2007

The wonderful experience enjoyed by the teachers of the Fuchs Foundation expedition has now reached its conclusion and they are waiting to go home.

It appears that even in this part of Antarctica the bad weather has set in for good. The teachers on the Fuchs expedition were only fifty or so kilometres from Patriot Hills, making their way gently back to the base after having conducted their experiments in the mountains, when they came to a stop and were forced to wait for the weather to improve.

In the end, after having set up its night camp for a few hours, the small group woke up in the middle of the night to complete the final 15 kilometres that lay between them and Patriot Hills. They finally arrived on 9th December at five in the morning.

Since they have been back to camp, the teachers from the Fuchs Foundation have been busy getting all their gear in order and conducting some final research in the area around the Patriot Hills base – blue ice for one group, lichens for a second and cryoconite holes for a third.

Now they are waiting for the weather to improve so that they can board an ALE Ilyushin 76 flight and finally head back home.

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