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Jan 7, 2015 - The Pole!

The Pole! Miles skied - 494  Miles remaining to South Pole - 0 Elevation Gained from coast - 9,400 feet  Elevation at South Pole - 9,400 feet We reached the Geographic South Pole at 5:45 p.m. (Chile time) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. There was no outpouring of emotion as I had expected, but more of a numb feeling as what little energy was left drained away. It is very odd approaching the South Pole as due to the huge facility, runway and experimental gear, a lot of the area is restricted. You therefore have to face the heartbreaking...

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Jan 2, 2015 - Almost there!

Almost there! Miles skied – 445  Miles remaining to South Pole – 49 Elevation Gained from coast – 9,071 feet  Elevation at South Pole – 9,400 feet This week we exited the nightmare degree (87 degrees south), passed Ernest Shackleton's 1909 furthest south and finally climbed to the Polar Plateau at 9,000 feet.  The highs and lows continue – at least 2 days this week I just stopped in my tracks and could not put one foot in front of the other. It was several minutes before I could continue. Those days were a low point on the trip – it seemed...

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Dec 27, 2014 - 87 Degrees South - and it gets much, much harder........

87 Degrees South - and it gets much, much harder........ Miles skied - 371  Miles remaining to South Pole - 123 Elevation Gained from coast - 8,540 feet  Elevation at South Pole - 9,400 feet We have almost completed the 60nm between degrees 87 and 88 South - by far the hardest 60 miles we have skied. The sastrugi is like speed bumps on steroids, the elevation gain has been huge, the air temperature is rarely above -25°C and the winds are consistently strong ..........from the south. We have had 2 days of zero ground visibility and...

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Dec 20, 2014 - Over Half Way.....

Over Half Way..... Miles skied - 300  Miles remaining to South Pole - 194 Elevation Gained from coast - 6,450 feet  Elevation at South Pole - 9,500 feet The big news this week is that we passed the halfway point from the coast to the pole!  We can now count the miles down instead of up. After picking up our cache last week, we also turned to a bearing of 180 degrees - due south, so every step takes us closer to the pole. The temperature is dropping dramatically as we gain altitude - it is -30° outside as I write this. Every action...

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Dec 13, 2014 - Thiel Mountains – rest day

Thiel Mountains – rest day Miles skied – 204  Miles remaining to South Pole – 290. Elevation Gained from coast – 4,500 feet Elevation at South Pole – 9,500 feet The big news of the week is that we are on a rest day today! There are even some mountains on the western horizon as a backdrop to our camp. We have some “real” food tonight dropped off in our food cache, and have all been thinking of this day off for at least a week now. There is a cumulative tiredness, that of course will only be partially helped by 1 day off. I am thinking...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures..........

Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures.......... Miles skied – 131  Miles remaining to South Pole – 389 Elevation Gained from coast – 3,750 feet  Elevation at South Pole – 9,500 feet After skiing for 11 days, we are camped in a place that looks exactly like the one we camped on the first night and for that matter every night in between. We are ascending around 300 feet per day – it is relentless and it will eventually bring us to the polar plateau at 9,000 feet. This is hard, make no mistake about it. We have developed a...

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Nov 30, 2014 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Day 12: Torres de Paine National Park We traveled today that is said tobe one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. Not many people visit Idaho, the Sawtooths and the White-clouds, either so the comment is a little off. Non-the-less, this is a spectacular place with water galore, lakes of various sizes and colors, and turquoise colored rivers, rugged snow-caped mountains, glaciers, and flowing fields of grass. The weather is also out-of-this-world. We were never sure what the wind would allow us to do. We had to abandon our...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Punta Areas on the Strait of Magellan, Chile

Day 11: Punta Areas on the Strait of Magellan We boarded the bus at 8:30 and took the ferry back to the mainland and the Puerto Varas airport for our flight to Punta Areas. The city sits right on the shore of the Strait of Magellan. The harbor had ships anchored and there was a cruse ship docked close to the center of town. Punta Areas was a very rich city and still doing quite well. It owed it’s wealth to the enormous herds of sheep that roamed the vast pampas (flat grass lands) of lower Patagonia. It is said that at one time there were...

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Nov 28, 2014 - The First Steps..........

The First Steps...... Miles skied - 49 Miles remaining to South Pole - 471 Elevation Gained from coast - 1,250 feet Elevation at South Pole - 9,500 feet After over a year of planning, much training and tremendous grass roots support, we have taken the first steps to the pole. Hard to believe we are here. We were dropped off in the middle of the Ronne ice shelf at 5:30 p.m. local time on Monday, November 24th in calm weather, clear skies and zero wind. The feeling of isolation was breathtaking. There are no distinguishing features of any...

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Nov 20, 2014 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, Chile The expedition team met up in Punta Arenas - we spent the week organizing gear and supplies, eating 5 square meals a day and tasting every Chilean beer on the menu. South America feels different and is very different - it is 20 years since I was last here. You have to get used to the non-urgent response and shrug of the shoulders accompanied by the ubiquitous Manana! We met another South Pole team from the UK and a Scotsman who is doing the same route as us solo.................after that he is planning to climb Mount...

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Feb 24, 2014 - Leaving Antarctica

Wake up call at 4am. Plane is in the air, luggage to be outside door at 4:30. Disembarked at 5. Take off was 7am. Landed in Punta Arenas at 9am. Spent the morning at the hotel unpacking, doing laundry and repacking. Went for a walk to get a sandwich. Met up with Ross dee, Ann and Annie for a lovely dinner. Said our goodbyes. 4/25 Met with Dee and Ross and said goodbye. Rest and relaxation day. Walked to get something to eat, who did we see at the coffee shop...Wendy.

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Feb 17, 2014 - Day2 Still in Punta Arenas

No go this morning. Next briefing is at 3:00. Verne went to the lecture on the history of Punta Arenas. Went to anther hotel for a buffet lunch. It was mediocre but did have some nice chocolate mousse. 3:00 still unable to fly but found out that a larger window is needed as not only do we need to be taken to Antarctica, the previous group needs to get off the boat to come back here. I guess it is better to be stranded here than on a boat. Next briefing will be at 8 tonight during dinner. We went on city tour this afternoon to the history...

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