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Items filtered by date: Friday, 05 January 2018 - Polar Explorers | Polar Expeditions
Friday, 05 January 2018 23:22

First Day - Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Our teams woke up to a sunny and relatively calm day with temperatures hovering around -25°C with a light wind and mostly clear sky. As the day progressed clouds moved in, reducing contrast and visibility while the wind picked up to 20 knots (37kph). The first day of any expedition is spent dialing in equipment, figuring out your layering system, and getting accustomed to the cold. Today was no exception. Both teams set a slow and easy pace to allow ample time for everyone to continue adjusting to the altitude. This evening, Annie's team even had burgers and fries for dinner!  

All parties are looking forward to a good rest tonight and another productive day tomorrow. Have a listen to the audio updates from each team below to get the rest of the details! Also follow us on Facebook where the expedition updates will be posted each day and leave a note in the comments for us to pass on to the team!

AUDIO UPDATE FROM KEITH'S TEAM: FEATURING KEITH HIMSELF

AUDIO UPDATE FROM ANNIE'S TEAM: FEATURING TAMAS SEREGI

Published in Expedition Updates
Friday, 05 January 2018 18:01

Flying to the Last Degree

Both teams have successfully made it to the Last Degree where they will begin skiing. After a final morning of anticipation, our two teams loaded up one two separate Twin Otter planes and began the journey to their expedition start point. The flight is long enough that the planes need to make a stop to refuel, at which Annie's team reported to have met several of the Ice Maidens (an all female team skiing coast to coast across Antarctica). Our teams were dropped off around 7:15pm in beautiful conditions. -25°C temperatures with markedly less wind than at Union Glacier. Both teams chose to ski for a short distance (around half a nautical mile) to get their blood flowing and warm up before setting up camp. When they checked in, everyone was in excellent spirits, and settling in for their first night on the Last Degree. Listen below to their respective audio updates and stay tuned for more!

Audio Update from Annie's team featuring Ankur Bahl

Audio Update from Keith's team featuring Rob Burns

Photo by Eric Lillstrom (South Pole Last Degree 2017)

Published in Expedition Updates