Team members: Ian Evans, Andy Styles, Bradley Cross and PolarExplorers guide Keith Heger.
This blog will follow our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition, skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole using the "Messner Route." Check back regularly for updates from the team!
It is hard to believe that this is the final blog entry from the 2014-2015 PolarExplorers Full South Pole Ski Expedition. For the longest time the expedition felt like it would never arrive, then (especially for the skiers) it probably felt like it would never end!
The team is minutes away from leaving the continent they have called home for the last 50 days! However, there was no room for sorrow while packing for the plane ride back to Punta Arenas. Instead, giddy energy is flying around as well as a few snowballs. All four will be settled into their hotel by 8:30pm tonight (Punta Arenas time).
Congratulations again guys! What an incredible achievement. Keep following for commentary, interviews, and hi-res photos of the expedition.
The team reported today that their celebrations last night went well into the wee hours of this morning, which made their long awaited sleep-in all the more pleasant. Last night the South Pole NGO camp manager, Devon, made them a delicious meal with tons of food and even a few beers & cigars.
We spoke with the team again and they were having a great time. They ate a sumptuous meal, had a photo session, got a tour, and had a delightful time socializing with people outside their small circle. How wonderful and strange it must be to see so many new faces!
Today around 5:30 PM Chilean time, January 6, 2015, our team ("the boys") reached the Geographic South Pole. They are thrilled to have arrived, but if you think that they immediately put their feet up, think again!