Follow this expedition blog as Stuart, Tom, Nat and Chris ski the last degree of latitude to the South Pole.
Our Last Degree team led by Chris Maher has finally reached the bottom of the World! They made faster ground today than any day previously covering 8 miles in 5 hours. Upon arriving they spent some time at the Pole itself, taking pictures and reveling in their accomplishment followed by some "real food" and hot coffee. Afterword the guys had a private tour of the South Pole Station and loaded up on souvenirs from the gift shop.
They will be on a flight back to Union Glacier Base Camp this evening and make their way back to Punta Arenas from their where warm weather and fond farewells await.
Congratulations team! Next stop, North Pole?
It's come down to the last day. The team covered 8.5 nautical miles yesterday leaving them 8 miles away from the Pole. As clouds moved in yesterday the temperatures dropped and the guys were using their stoves not only for cooking inside their tents, but for heat as well. While skiing yesterday the team got their first glimpses of the South Pole Station which was a welcome change from the blank horizon they have been seeing for the rest of the expedition.
As of this moment, the team is pushing through the final miles to the pole and should be arriving at the Pole around 5:00PM (GMT-3)
After several days of unrelenting sun our Last Degree team led by Chris Maher has been given a break. Yesterday some light clouds moved to shelter them as they covered another 8 nautical miles. The team is now fully acclimated and powering through each mile with a smile. All team members are in high spirits and are on track to make the Pole on the 17th. Did we mention that this expedition will be the first Last Degree expedition to the South Pole this year?! Keep up the good work guys.
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For the last two days our Last Degree team has been skiing in light layers. The temperatures are warm (relatively of course) and the cloudless sky provides no protection from the blazing sun. Fortunately this has allowed the team to make great progress toward the pole, covering a total of 16 nautical miles in the last 48 hours. They are now officially over halfway!
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With their acclimatization complete, the Last Degree team has begun to pick up the pace. The team covered 8 miles yesterday in 7 hours of travel though ideal conditions. There are only 43 nautical miles and 7 days standing between them and the bottom of the world!
The team had their first full day alone on the ice yesterday. Several of them are having mild and expected reactions to the altitude, but all are in good spirits and excited to have the acclimatization over with. The common affects of altitude on the body are tiredness, lightheadedness, and nausea but these generally pass after 2 days once the body has become accustomed to the new environment.
The Last Degree team covered 6 nautical miles in 5 hours of travel under a beautiful, sunny blue sky. They got a full nights rest last night to prepare for another push today. We'll keep you updated on their progress.
Our Last Degree Tea, is finally on the ice and on their way! The crew was dropped off at their starting point yesterday afternoon and skied for 2.5 hours before setting up camp. Everyone is drinking a ton of water to help acclimatize to the altitude, and all of them are feeling really good. The weather was beautiful with virtually no wind and a temperature of -22°C. Listen below as Stuart give the audio update.
The Last Degree team finally arrived at Union Glacier mid-day yesterday! The weather is beautiful and they are still in short sleeves. After setting up camp, the guys enjoyed a leisurely ski around the basecamp before turning in. The team should have flown out to their starting point via Twin Otter early this morning. We'll keep you posted as we receive updates from the first Last Degree team to take on the South Pole this season!
The Last Degree team is still sitting on their hands. The flight to Union Glacier has been delayed for another day due to high winds and bad landing conditions. At this point, the delay will not affect their chances of successfully reaching the pole.
The team will just have to spend another few hours in the warm paradise of Punta Arenas before heading to the cold desolation of the Antarctic plateau.
Our Last Degree Team spent yesterday getting some much needed physical and mental rest before hopefully flying out to Antarctica today. With all of the gear prepped and ready, there isn't much to do but relax and focus on the task ahead. All are in excellent spirits and restless to get onto their skis. Stay tuned for daily updates on their expedition.