On February 10, after a taking a four-hour charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, club members boarded the 290-foot Corinthian II for a 10-day trip to the frozen continent. To reach Antarctica, it is about a 700-mile journey across the Drake Passage. Thankfully, for the trip across the wind was out of the north. About 50 miles from the first landfall, Clark Murphy was the first to sight an iceberg on the bow. Everyone was instantly on deck; the German captain steered the ship within 50 feet of the mass that was at least 200 feet high and a half a mile long. Embedded in the iceberg was deep, blue ice indicating that it had been under extreme pressure under the Antarctic ice shelf. Over the course of the next seven days the expedition made 16 stops at a variety of locations along the Antarctic peninsula.