It was a cold day up on the polar plateau. Colder than any other day so far (around -24 C / -13 F) and there was enough wind to make everyone feel the bite (around 6 kt). This made managing hands and faces harder than previous days but everyone did well and survived the day with all parts intact.
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.
Antarctica can be the harshest place on Earth but not today. Today it was amazingly beautiful. It was sunny, warm (-15 c), and utterly calm. Not a breath of wind. Most of the team were peeling off layers until they were only in base layers with no anorak. A good dose of sunscreen or the thinnest face covering protected their skin.
Today was a beautiful day. The weather remained clear with a few scattered clouds and the wind diminished, first to light and variable and then to almost calm. The temperature remained around -20 C /-5F Here are the updates from the two teams:
It feels great to be on the move. Waking in the tent, turning on the stove, melting snow, making breakfast... it's the rhythm of expedition life. And we love it! Today was a beautiful day. -20°C /-4F°F, sunny, with an 8 kt breeze. For many of us that's darn cold, but it could be colder! Nonetheless there was a fair amount of fiddling with mitts, facemasks and goggles to keep everything warm and working well.
Ah, the feeling of getting dropped off. The plane disappearing into the horizon, the silence of nothing surrounding you but snow and ice for hundreds of miles, the anticipation of the journey ahead. It's an amazing moment that both our teams experienced today, and we are thrilled for them!