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.
Our December South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition is underway. Last night, they had their first dinner together and had a chance to go over the whole game plan. The team will spend the next two days making their final gear and food preparations and fly out to Union Glacier Base Camp on the 7th.
It's hard to believe that in two weeks Stuart, Tom, Nat and Chris will be meeting in Punta Arenas, Chile to embark on their South Pole Expedition. All their food and gear has been shipped to Punta Arenas, where it has arrived safely. Upon arrival in Punta the boys will unpack and repack their kits, making lists and count them twice to make sure that everything is in order.
They will be reporting in daily with their progress and position. Make sure to check back starting on December 4th for the official start to this blog.
Meet our intrepid South Pole Last Degree Ski Team, made up of Stuart Mitchell, Tom Henderson and Nat Greene along with PolarExplorers guide Chris Maher. Follow along on their expedition here!
Meet our team!
Stuart Mitchell - United Kingdom
Stuart has his own investment management business based in London. He specialises in European equities. He is a keen mountaineer and has always dreamt of going to the South Pole. He is married with 3 young children and is a keen pianist.
Nat Greene - United Kingdom, USA
I have never planned to visit the South Pole but when Stuart asked me to go in May I surprised myself and said yes. So far I have really enjoyed the training and learning about how to survive in extreme conditions. The shakedown trip in Iceland was a must and full of leadership lessons.
My wife and four kids are excited that I am going and supportive if somewhat nervous. I live in Marblehead, MA and run a consulting practice.
Chris Maher - USA
Chris Maher loves cold weather and the two activities that go best with it - skiing and running dogs. His passion for the adventurous life has led him to Greenland where he has guided expeditions on both coasts and has lived in Scoresbysund. When he's not guiding or training his own dog teams you'll find him in Alaska or along the Canadian border running freight by dog teams for the US Forest Service. Chris is easy to like, positive, and he's got enough energy to power the sun on a cloudy day.