Patriot Hills (while waiting for the IL-76)

The IL-76 was delayed for six day due to the foul weather. All the Vinson Massif climbers, the flight to the pole adventurers, and the skier's that had reached the South Pole was back at camp by July 20. The weather shown in the following pictures was not the worst, but indicates the reason the planes could not land and take off.


Patriot Hills barely visible from camp. Without the sunlight, one can not see drifts, everything looks the same. This is a "whiteout" condition.

The planes were grounded (or snowed in)

Camp tents are almost buried in the drifting snow.


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