By: randosteve|Posted on: November 3, 2009|Posted in: International, South America | 10 comments

Sam Bass psyched to have made it to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Wow…36 hours of non-stop traveling…and now I’m here in Ushuaia with an amazing group of people. It was very cool to see the group size heading to Antarctica slowly grow from just three of us flying out of Jackson, to larger numbers rendezvousing in Atlanta…and increasing even more in size in the Buenos Aries airport.

Mountain views out of the plane flying into Ushuaia.

views-out-of-el-calafateI’ve probably only slept about 3-4 hours during all the fights (even after taken Ambian), but I’m so fired up to ski )as well as getting here with all my luggage) that I’m sitting here with a bottle of classic Argentinean malbec and unable to sleep even though I should be exausted. The scenery in Ushuaia is so amazing as well and I could easily see how one could disappear down here…forever. I hope to get out to stretch the legs and ski tomorrow on some of the terrain just out of town as it’s about a five minute drive to get on the glacier.

Looking towards Patagonia from El Calafate.

I also met my roommate for the Antarctica cruise today, Sam Bass, an editor for Skiing Magazine and he seems like a great guy, and I’m sure we will have some good laughs together on the ship. Big thanks to Doug Stoup and IceAxe.TV for putting this whole thing together, as I’m sure it will be a time to remember for all. Ciao for now. –RandoEsteban.