Sunday, December 19, 2010
Union Glacier Blue-ice Runway
In the past most flights into Antarctica landed at Patriot Hills. This November a new runway was opened on the Union Glacier 70 km. NW of Patriot Hills. It is a blue ice runway and you land flying into the wind. According to Adventure Network International, Union Glacier blue ice runway "will improve flight reliability and open new frontiers for exploration". The Union Glacier is an active glacier so there are several crevassed areas around the camp. Both safe and unsafe areas are marked. The scenery is spectacular with mountain peaks rising in all directions providing lots of opportunities for hiking, climbing and skiing. The family flew into Union Glacier camp.