Contents
  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
  Aconcagua

Skiing to South Pole

Fierce Winds, Ultra-Cold Temperatures

Adventures in Antarctica

58 days, 700 mi, Nov 2006 - Jan 2007

Ray & Jenny Jardine

2006-11-19 page 12 of 67

Day 9: Jenny Unleashed

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Our tracks fading away behind us.

This morning the snow was still white, but unlike yesterday, it was visible. The sky was visible too ... blue, not white. The wind was SW 15 gradually building to 20. Temp -14C. A fine Antarctic day.

We found that an inch of snow had fallen yesterday without our having noticed it due to the white out. So we were making ski and pulk tracks after all.

That called for new tactics: following in the leader's tracks.

A cloud was hanging in the south, giving Jenny something to steer toward. I took a little extra weight from her sled, and she set off at a good clip.

I lived the life of Riley most of the day, following Jenny in her tracks, close behind and lost in my music and my thoughts (unfamiliar territory   ).

Now here is the surprising part, to me. An hour into our day, the steering cloud vanished, and my intrepid companion kept on going - due south. And going, and going. Wow!

When asked how she was doing it, she explained "I take a compass reading, and line up three sastrugi and follow those." (I might note that her tracks were not straight as an arrow, but plenty good enough.)

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Repairing a ski pole. We rarely take sit-down rests, the wind is too cold for that. In fact, I think this is the first sit-down rest of the trip, so far. But even so, it was very brief. To stop for very long is to freeze.

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We wear face masks under our fur hoods, but they have a large, wide open hole for breathing (and eating and drinking) through the mouth. If this hole is too small, it would freeze closed. Same with the nostril hole. Today my face mask in the nose area froze to my nose in one small place. So tonight Jenny is sewing a small flap to it, for a little extra nose protection.

S 81° 16.703' W 81° 46.901'

11.6 mi.

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