Sunday, 08 January 2017 01:37

Antarctica at it's calmest

Antarctica can be the harshest place on Earth but not today. Today it was amazingly beautiful. It was sunny, warm (-15 c), and utterly calm. Not a breath of wind. Most of the team were peeling off layers until they were only in base layers with no anorak. A good dose of sunscreen or the thinnest face covering protected their skin.

South Pole / Vinson team (George, Marshall, Peter, Audrey, Michael, Joel, Terry, Mike, Garrett and Keith): The beautiful weather was an absolute pleasure. Everyone was feeling good, despite a few blisters that are popping up here and there. The team skied 9.5 nautical miles in 7 hours. Keith said it was the most comfortable he's ever been in Antarctica. The warm temperatures are nice but they do make sleeping tricky. Michael was so hot last night he barely got any rest and several others had to strip down to their boxers and sleep on top of their bags. Even with the door open there isn't much circulation without a breeze. Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow when they hope to pass the half way mark. Position: S 89.24.031, W.026.21.115

 

South Pole team (Roger, Ian, Rob, Graeme and Eric): It was an awesome day all around and everyone enjoyed the sunny, calm weather. They had to strip down to the basics to stay cool and even then it was warm. They made over 10 nautical miles in 7 hours, with 5 pushes. On the second to last push they came across a field of sastrugi (wind patterns in the snow) that were approximately 1.5 feet deep. This was unusual as all the other sastrugi they have seen has been less than 8-10 inches. The field went on for 1-2 miles and they aren't sure what was different about this area to cause the larger sastrugi. They were crossing it perpendicular and the slam-then-tug of their sleds was a different feel. Other than the sastrugi the route today was almost pancake flat. No rises like yesterday. All is good and everyone is having fun. Current position: S 89.24.36, W 38.46

Where they've come from: A look behind Creasy's sled.

Roger, Ian and Graeme. Or is it Graeme, Rob and Ian. Or is it....

Last modified on Sunday, 08 January 2017 02:22

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