Wednesday, the 17th of October 2012 ///
inReach™ is excited to be part of the 2012 South Patagonia Icecap Expedition.

We’ll be there every step of the way as Linda Beilharz attempts to become the first Australian woman to cross each of the world’s major icecaps when she takes on the treacherous South Patagonia icecap in November.

After months of preparation the expedition team will depart El Chalten on November 5th, a small Argentinian town known to Patagonian trekkers and people aspiring to climb routes around the Mont Fitz Roy area. It will take several days to shift loads up onto the top of the Marconi Pass, an ascent that takes the team up the Marconi glacier and up steep icy slopes. The late spring weather provides long daylight hours but also the risk of katabatic winds which will halt all travel for the duration. Patagonia is not known as the windiest place in the world for no reason!

Once on the pass the team will use their sleds to help carry three weeks’ worth of food and head in a north-west direction for 150 kms. The icecap is a vast undulating terrain nestled between mountains that are part of the Andes chain. The team will ski, roping up for much of the way in case of crevasses. An extra couple of weeks have been allowed for the crossing as white out, wind storms and rain or snow are inevitable and no expedition has been able to cross without several days of waiting out untenable conditions.

The descent is along and down the vast Jorge Montt glacier, pitted and eroded by rain. The team needs to exit the glacier part way down and drop into a rocky valley to finally make it down to the fjords of the Baker River.

It’s a Trans-Tasman mission - the team is made up of two Australians – husband and wife team of Linda Beilharz, Rob Rigato and New Zealander Kerryn Wratt. The location is one of the more remote areas in the world being up to seven days away from outside help or three days by helicopter. inReach™ will ensure that the team is Never Alone, providing a vital link to the Australian Base Communications, who will know precisely where the team is and get status updates thanks to the inReach™.

Keep an eye out for news on the Expedition here.
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