Saturday, 07 January 2017 00:14

South Pole Last Degree - A beautiful day on the polar plateau

Today was a beautiful day. The weather remained clear with a few scattered clouds and the wind diminished, first to light and variable and then to almost calm. The temperature remained around -20 C /-5F Here are the updates from the two teams:

Last Degree Ski / Vinson team (Mike, Joel, Peter, Terry, Audrey, Michael, George, Marshall, Keith & Garrett): The beautiful weather was appreciated by the team, some of whom are still feeling the affects of the altitude. It was a tough day but they made 7.5 nautical miles in roughly 7 hours of skiing. Being on the move when you aren't feeling your best is challenging. In fact even when you are feeling great sometimes it takes all you've got just to put one foot in front of the other. If there is anything else that is eating up brain power, whether its icy goggles that are obscuring your visibility, or a finger that won't warm up, or a facemask tha is frozen in a deformed position,  everything else feels exponentially more difficult. The forecast is for good weather tomorrow and with a fresh night's sleep they hope to have a great day tomorrow.

 

South Pole Last Degree team (Ian, Roger, Graeme, Rob and Eric): These guys also enjoyed the beautiful weather and made nearly 8 nautical miles south. Portions of the day were uphill and when the wind died down they actually found themselves struggling with overheating. It's easier than you think to overheat when it's -20 C. Eric was skiing in only a thin base layer and his anorak and still he was warm. The sun is vey intense when it's a cloudless, windless day. One of the best ways to protect your face from the UV radiation is to cover it. This can make managing your goggles tricky. Goggles + moisture (sweat and respiration) + -20 C =icy lenses! Regardless of a few goggle issues they are all feeling well. For dinner they had hamburgers and fish and Rob made up a batch of pisco sours. And then it was off to bed as they are all quite knackered!

South Pole Last Degree Expedition

A view of camp from Michael Creasy (otherwise known as "Crease Lightning!"

 South Pole Last Degree Expedition

Surf and turf! Burgers and fish en route to the Pole!

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