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The team had another great day on the icecap today. They described the day as "groundhog day" because it felt like a repeat of yesterday. They were graced with the same great weather (calm winds, -20C, low contrast that cleared throughout the day) and followed the same pacing system as before although, they skied one nautical mile farther today than yesterday...
Sastrugi are frozen waves of snow on the ground, created by the relentless winds on the polar plateau. To a skier they are speed bumps. A major hassle.
Congratulations to our South Pole Last Degree team for reaching their half way point! Only 30 nautical miles left!
The team made another great push toward the pole today, traveling 8 nautical miles over 6 hours. They woke up to overcast conditions that lasted throughout their time on trail, but after making camp the blue sky began to break through again. Everyone is getting used to the rhythm of the trail; Wake up, eat, ski, eat, ski, eat, ski, make camp, eat, sleep...
Today the team woke up to sunny bluebird skis with barely any breeze! An ideal day on the icecap. Temperatures were hovering around -5F all day and the good weather is still holding as of this evening. The team put in a good distance of 8 nautical miles over a 6 hr 15 min period of travel, and everyone is feeling much stronger.