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!
We are happy to report that everyone is back on terra firma. They are checked into their hotel rooms and enjoying the benefits of civilization.
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!
The team phoned in their position tonight as S 89.48.18. That's just over 11 nautical miles to the South Pole.
The team reports in today that they had an amazing day. Definitely on the of the most beautiful days of the whole expedition.
We heard from the team today that they are doing well and excitement is building as they get closer to the South Pole. Tonight they are sleeping at 89.23, which is only 37 nautical miles from their destination.
Today the team reported a beautiful day... sunny, light wind of 5 kt coming from the SE (coming across their left eye). Even though conditions were good the day seemed hard.
Today Andy, Ian, Bradley and Keith report another great day with 12.8 additional miles under their belts. They are "within spitting distance" of 89 degrees.
The team called into today during their New Year's eve party. They had a great day today with their best mileage yet and sunny, calm conditions. To ring in the New Year they used UK time so they could still get a good night's rest. They are thrilled to be ending the 2014 ski season on such a high note. Tomorrow they hope to end their day within spitting distance of 89 degrees. A great way to celebrate the New Year indeed!
We have a great selfie they took but we are having troubles getting it posted. Check back again for the photo and also an audio update.
Happy New Year!
The team has made it to the Polar Plateau! Temperatures have been dropping requiring the guys to more carefully manage their hands and faces. They are still covering plenty of ground each day, including 12.25 nm yesterday despite 4 hours of brutal sastrugi taking up the first four hours of the day.
Today the team will pass Shackleton's farthest point South (S 88° 23') that he reached on January 9th, 1909. This is a huge accomplishment in itself and hopefully the spirit of Shackleton will accompany them for the remaining 100 miles.
Stay tuned for more photos and audio updates!
Yesterday was yet another good day. The team traveled 12 nautical miles and are about to reach 88 degrees, at which point they will be only 120 nautical miles away from the Pole! Sunday, which is a special day for Andy is celebrating the special birthday of one of his grandchildren. The team is getting very close and are still in great shape both physically and mentally.
On Friday the conditions began rough, with very low visibility and rough terrain, but conditions became better in the afternoon as the terrain smoothed and the sun came out. The team skied 11.6nm.
LISTEN HERE- for the Christmas message left by the guys.