Monday, 09 January 2017 03:51

Half way there!

Today the teams report that they had nice conditions with colder temps (around -23 C) with a 3-5 kt wind coming from the NE. In case you are wondering what direction that is if you are skiing to the South Pole it is hitting them in their left butt cheek and the backside of their left shoulder.

 

Last Degree / Vinson team (Garrett, Keith, Peter, Audrey, George, Joel, Marshall, Terry, Mike & Michael): Today was another good day. The colder temperatures meant they couldn't be as casual as yesterday, but everyone did a good job staying warm. People are getting the hang of their systems, which is a good thing because weather forecasts have the temperature dropping and the wind increasing in the coming days. Today they covered 10 nautical miles in 7 hours. Everyone enjoyed Stacey Heger's famous banana bread (thanks Stacey!) Keith and Mike and Terry made an outstanding trade with George and Marshall at dinner time. In exchange for one can of Coke they got three hamburgers! George and Marshall have also been generous with their wild salmon jerky, much to the delight of all. Current position: S 89.34.01, W 036.27.80

 

South Pole Last Degree team (Roger, Graeme, Rob, Ian and Eric): Today they made great progress, 11 nautical miles in 5 one hour and 15 minute pushes. The colder temperature was noticeable, as was the wind that was quartering them over their left shoulders. Despite the wind and temperatures they had no problem keeping their hands and faces warm. They saw a kite skier off in the distance today. All they could tell was that he had a black kite. Our guess is that it is Mike Horn again, who took most of a rest day yesterday due to the lack of wind. Could it have been anyone else? When we talked to the crew they had just had cheesy bacon bagels, soup and hot cocoa, and they were contemplating having a dish of beef stew. So many decisions! Current position: S 89.34.8, W 38. 24

Half way there! The South Pole / Vinson team stops to celebrate at S 89.30 

 Eric's shot of the classic hot water toss

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