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

2006-11-20 page 13 of 67

Day 10: Face Mask Freezing to the Nose

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In addition to the face mask, Jenny usually wears a covering bandana. Here, she has pulled the bandana away, in order to eat a snack. And this is what our rest stops look like. They are little more than standing-in-place pauses.

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I've turned Jenny's pulk around so that my back is to the wind, and the sun is my face. Very cozy and warm - not! The rest stop was not very long lasting. No more than three or four minutes until we began to feel the loss of body warmth.

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For the lunch stop we have dragged out our insulated jackets. We made these of one layer of Ray-Way alpine quilt insulation.

Our expedition clothes are home-made, and consist of only two layers while we are skiing. More than that, and we risk breaking into a sweat, which would be very dangerous down here. Our inner layer is expedition-weight thermals, and the outer layer is the ski bibs and jacket, proprietary breathable.

During our lunch stops we also put on a jacket, one layer of Ray-Way alpine quilt insulation. Look for this jacket in a future Ray-Way kit.

Cold and windy (20 to 30) today, and some soft snow increased the effort. We swung leads every hour. The sun was encircled by a beautiful sun dog that at times showed faint rainbow colors. The afternoon sky cleared and the wind backed to the SSW.

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Today was Jenny's turn for her face mask accidentally freezing to one small spot on her nose. This is most unpleasant, read semi-emergency. It happens when the ice builds up on the inside of the mask, and the wind blows the mask into contact with the skin. This is not frostbite, but rather touching something so cold that it sticks to your skin. She gently lifted the nose piece away without damage. Later, in the tent, she sewed the same nose flap as mine, since mine had worked good today.

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Speaking of sewing, at the end of this long, cold day, we set up camp and I had to spend 20 minutes outside sewing my sled cover, where it had torn due to sloppy workmanship. Add that to the two hours of sewing on the pulk covers in Punta, and needless to say we do not recommend Acapulka sleds, especially when Alex charged us an extra $600 for shipping three sleds when we only ordered two. End of rant.

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Evening camp: S 81° 27.098' W 81° 54.790'

Today's mileage: 12.1 statute.

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