Mark George : No Mystery Tour
Published on 13.01.2012 - South Pole Solo
Mark George has decided on 12 January that time has run away from him to complete any meaningful return trip. So back to Union Glacier as soon as he can catch a flight.
Mark George has reached rthe South Pole on 9 January.
At that time he has announced that weather permitting he would venture in what he called "A Mystery Tour" -meaning that he would go as far as possible kite/skiing on the way back.
But he awaited the winds too long and until 12 January he could not lift the kite. So, being a family mlan rather perharps than a over-confident adventurer, he decided to stay at the SP and to wait for the next ALE flight.
Here is his press communiqué of 12 January : "Last night I made my call home and spoke to Chloe, Harry and Mitchell. As usual my heart ached and I could hear the ache in their hearts as well. Today I woke to another day with no wind suitable for kite skiing. I made up my mind there and then, it is time. Time for the mystery tour to end, and time for me to get home as quickly as I can. It has been an amazing trip, a successful and safe one, but it is time for me to return to my role in the family. Of course there are mixed emotions in any such decisions but time has run away from me to complete any meaningful return trip. There are some logistical issues getting a flight out of here but hope it happens soon. In the meantime, the time will give me the opportunity to prepare a talk on my adventure for those who have taken the journey with me. ..."