On her way to Patriot Hills

Published on 21.11.2009 - Antarctic Odyssey

The Canadian adventurer Meagan McGrath (32) contacts her HQ every day by radio. On listening to her first dispatches, we have come to understand that the aerospace engineer definitely has the gift of the gab and likes to talk.

Meagan McGrath was not one of the first batch of Antarctic adventurers to arrive at Patriot Hills on 12th November last. The next ALE flight is scheduled for this week. The weather will decide exactly when.

But despite this, for the past week McGrath has been sending us audio updates every day from Ottawa. Her reports tell of the stress involved with her preparations – double what she expected on account of the fact she moved house just before leaving on her expedition. Reading between the lines, Meagan is clearly champing at the bit and ready to launch herself into one of the great adventures of her life. And just as she had a great deal to say, she clearly also has an innate sense of communication.

On 18th November, she called from the departure gate at Ottawa airport. On the 20th, she reported back on her first hours spent in the town of Punta Arenas. She also took advantage of a few quiet moments in her expedition to thank everyone who has made her outing to the South Pole possible.

If everything goes according to plan, McGrath should fly out to Patriot Hills this week and be dropped off at Hercules Inlet on 29th November. We should remember that she is attempting her trek solo and unassisted and her sledge will weigh something like 102 kilos when she sets out.

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