Title Page
  Preparations Arizona USA
  Preparations Punta Arenas, Chile
  Day 1: Antarctica!
  Day 2: First Taste of the Wind
  Day 3: Close Call
  Day 4: A Beautiful Day
  Day 5: The Wedge Design
  Day 6: Circle of Survivability
  Day 7: Mountains to our West
  Day 8: Skiing in a White out
  Day 9: Jenny Unleashed
  Day 10: Face Mask Freezing to the Nose
  Day 11: Howling Winds and Rough Terrain
  Day 12: Sledging away from the Maritime Influence
  Day 13: Rocking out
  Day 14: Frozen Face Mask
  Day 15: Coldest and Windiest Place on Earth
  Day 16: Skiing on Frozen Rubble
  Day 17: Tracks!
  Day 18: Slogging into Fierce Headwinds
  Day 19: First Sponge Bath
  Day 20: Playing in the Junkyard
  Day 21: Three Weeks, One-Third of the Distance
  Day 22: Playing in the Junkyard, Part 2
  Day 23: The otherworldly Glowing Blue Light
  Day 24: A Packman Game
  Day 25: The vision must be kept
  Day 26: Frozen Cameras
  Day 27: Low Margins of Safety in Strong Winds
  Day 28: Anomalies in the flat Antarctica myth
  Day 29: Thiels Mountains Visible in the Distance
  Day 30: The Half-Way Point
  Day 31: Mid-Journey Resupply
  Day 32: Sastrugi on top of Sastrugi
  Day 33: Skiing Alongside the Thiels
  Day 34: White Out and Mild-Mannered Sastrugi
  Day 35: Difficult Terrain
  Day 36: Cameras Frozen All Day
  Day 37: Alone in an Immense Wilderness
  Day 38: Warm weather and sleds are dragging hard
  Day 39: Climbing to the Polar Plateau
  Day 40: The Disappearing Hill
  Day 41: Extreme Fun
  Day 42: Seven Down, Three to Go
  Day 43: If your ski tips have no shadow, stop quick!
  Day 44: A Strange Object Flies Overhead
  Day 45: Perils of Crossing a Body-Heat Rubicon
  Day 46: Inspired to Greater Heights
  Day 47: Antarctica's Double Sun
  Day 48: Eight Degrees Down, Two To Go
  Day 49: Skiing in the Tropic of Antarctica
  Day 50: The Sun and its Antics
  Day 51: Short Antarctic Summers Wait for No One
  Day 52: Showers and laundry perhaps? No chance
  Day 53: Gaining the Polar Plateau
  Day 54: Good Weather, Fairly Flat Terrain
  Day 55: Climbing the Same Hill for Three Days
  Day 56: Cold but Very Pretty
  Day 57: Gorgeous Weather, Enjoyable Day
  Day 58: Almost There
  Day 59: The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
  The Flight to Patriot Hills
  Patriot Hills
  Mount Vinson
  Patriot Hills

Skiing to South Pole

Fierce Winds, Ultra-Cold Temperatures

Adventures in Antarctica

58 days, 700 mi, Nov 2006 - Jan 2007

Ray & Jenny Jardine

2006-11-17 page 10 of 67

Day 7: Mountains to our West

Clear skies give the impression of warmth, until you factor in the strong winds. A good morning for sleeping in, but only for an extra hour.

I shall describe our morning ritual, in brief. Open eyes and pack the quilt into its stowbag, being very careful to not touch the walls of the tent with it. Same with the big down coats and pants. We brought our Greenland quilt to save a bit of weight, hence the coats and pants. That done, we are ready for our shower ... of frost which rains down on us when we inadvertently touch the walls of our small tent. We wear our expedition clothes to bed, in fact we never take them off, so the frost shower inside has the same effect as the blowing spindrift outside. Not much bother.

By the time we are ready to emerge, the inside of the tent looks more like a snow cave, with about a half-gallon of frost on the floor. I hand things out the door while Jenny loads the sleds, then last one out (me) sweeps the walls and floor, nice and tidy like.

The strong headwinds slow us down, but we keep grinding away. Above the howling wind we listen to music for the first time on this trip, until the batteries freeze. The player is not close enough to the skin ... better luck next time.

Our zippers also froze, preventing us from taking photos throughout the day. Suffice it to say, the day was very windy with a strong ground blizzard.

The last hour the wind diminished to 15, the horizon cleared, and we were surprised to see a mountain appear in the distance to our west.


Jenny wearing her home-made down parka. It's too warm to ski in, but we carry it handy in the pulk in case she needs the extra warmth.


Out of the storm, mountains appear in the distance to our west.


We have stopped to make camp, but haven't yet stepped off our skis. Here, I'm using the GPS to get our position. We must know our position every evening, for the evening call to Base Camp with our satellite phone. If we miss this call, the people at Base Camp will fly to our rescue, and that would end the trip. Also in this photo I've taken off my mitt, and so my yellow inner glove is visible. This glove is a vapor barrier, to prevent moisture coming off the hand from getting into the mitt. It is a simple dish-washing glove from a hardware store.



My final job outside is to chop bricks out of snow and place them into the vestibule. Jenny uses these blocks for cooking and melting water on the stove.


Today we use the stove inside the tent for the first time. The difference in warmth was amazing! In fact, a real game changer. The day's struggles with the fierce winds are reflected in our faces.


With the cozy warmth from the stove, and a nearby mug of steaming brew, I am writing my daily update. When finished writing, I will use the sat-phone to upload it to my web server in the states.

Evening camp: S 80° 57.611' W 81° 34.177'

Today's hours: 8, mileage: 9.3

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