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  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

2006-12-01 page 24 of 67

Day 21: Three Weeks, One-Third of the Distance

This morning's wind report: South (directly on the nose) blowing 30 knots.


One thing that makes expeditions in Antarctica so cold is there is no natural shelter from the wind. No cars to get into and turn on the heater, no homes and warm offices. When you emerge from your tent and pack it away for the day, you are on your own, as far as the cold winds are concerned.

Fortunately our clothes are working well. We made all our clothes except the mittens and socks. Actually we made mittens and socks too, but they are in our half way point resupply.


Skiing in a ground blizzard.


The afternoon winds reduced to 20, and we spent a pleasant afternoon climbing the next hill. This hill was gradually sloped, only 300 feet in 7 miles, but for some reason it felt like Annapurna. When we reached its crest we had stunning views back the way we had come.


The wind has lessened somewhat and we are enjoying a standing lunch of cold granola.



We talked with Peter McDowell back at Patriot Hills Base Camp. Peter is part owner of the company and also one of the nicest guys imaginable, and also very knowledgeable. (Everybody we met that works for this company is very nice and helpful.)

Anyway, Peter said that he and the staff back at Base Camp are impressed with our progress. That was encouraging to hear and much appreciated.



Jenny's thigh and blisters of frostbite. I have these too, but not quite as numerous. We got these early in the trip, and the blisters are very slow to heal - probably because we keep re-freezing them during the high-wind days.

For the record, we have been going for three weeks now, and we have come one-third of the distance to the Pole.

Evening camp: S 83° 26.336' W 83° 33.085'

Today's mileage: 13.4 in 9.5 hrs

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