Skill and Guts
January 27, 2000
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Hi Mountain Zone, it's Wally Berg at about 5:44 from Patriot Hills. 'He's on deck,' as you learn to say when you are around this world very much. The C-130 did land successfully just a moment ago. I was taking pictures. We had a very unnerving gust a few minutes before he appeared off on the horizon. Kyle made one circle, looked back at Dave and his partner...[transmission fails].
Yeah, very impressive to watch as he put that giant aircraft down on the Blue Ice runway with rubber tires. Obviously no brakes, using reverse thrust only, takes an incredible amount of skill and guts, in my opinion, to bring that aircraft in here. We're very happy. The pilots will be off in a second, they come in for a cup of tea. As I understand that there's a guy that's going to get a quick tour around in the Cessna courtesy of Art Mortvedt , if the pilots are comfortable sitting here for a while. But, as you can imagine, there is a very happy and relieved group of adventurers here, knowing that we're going to return to Chile tonight.
Still no sign, looking off in the other direction to the south, of the Twin Otter. But it's an awfully little aircraft in a big sky and I'm sure that the radio operators know just how far out the M&G "Ice Girls" are. I'm sure it's all going to be fine and we'll see them in a few moments as well. I'll keep you posted as our journey does continue, but I'll sign off for now and...[transmission fails].
Wally Berg, MountainZone.com Correspondent