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!
After going to bed quite late last night (actually, early this morning) everyone got some well needed rest. It felt good to finally be in Antarctica and to be sleeping in tents! The rest was likely all to brief before they awoke for a full day of preparations.
This update should start off with a big yawn, because it came to us around 3:30 AM local time. The teams made it to Antarctica and after a late (or perhaps we should say early) arrival around 12:30 AM. Soon after they had a nice meal (lamb stew, rice and veggies), set up tents and are now getting some much longed-for sleep.