Dispatches From the South Pole, Entry 3: A Mix of Emotions

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on November 30, 2011

The Polar Vision team got the call that a plane was ready to take them to Antarctica last Saturday. Here’s a brief post from Alan Lock, just before they departed.

This is it! We have just been given the ok to fly to the Filchner Ice Shelf to commence our expedition. We are now boarding the plane. All the planning, all the preparation, and all the training have come down to this. I think we all feel a real mix of emotions. Excitement. Apprehension. Awe. I actually feel a huge sense of relief, too. Not relief from completion. We have a way to go there, but rather relief that we can start actively heading towards our final goal.

We are very fortunate to have the chance to make the attempt. It is kind of like launching a start-up out of school. You do the business plan, all the research, and then you get the financial backing to go to market. You are entering a realm of uncertainty and challenging conditions. But as with a start-up, you have a broad smile on your face as you take the first step.

In late September we introduced you to team Polar Vision, Alan Lock, Richard Smith, and Andrew Jensen, three recent MBA grads who are trekking to the South Pole to raise awareness for visual impairment. While on their journey, the team will be filing periodic blog posts. This is their third post.

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