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

2006-12-05 page 28 of 67

Day 25: The vision must be kept


ay and I were on our way by 7:30 am, and to our delight we could actually see where we were going. No more white out. The cloud cover was just starting to lift and break up, and ahead on the horizon to the south were several gaps in the clouds with a pale blue sky beckoning to us and giving us an easy target to steer by.


A mushroom sastrugi and another blue glow, but not as distinct this time. I came to refer these mushroom sastrugis as "Ducks" because of the bill on the windward end.

We found the going a bit easier today. Not that the sastrugi was any less, but because we could pick our way through it and avoid the giant heaps and pits.

The person leading constantly scans the snowy surface ahead and chooses the best way: left here around that mound, a bit right here so as to ski over this smooth street, and so on.




We're headed for our mid-point resupply at the Thiels mountains. That looks like them ahead, but I think the light is playing tricks, bending the light and lifting the mountains above the horizon before their time. We are still seven days away, and in retrospect, we won't see them again for another three days.

By early afternoon we had patches of blue overhead, and for the first time in several days, sunshine. Also for the first time we had stratocumulus clouds, rather than the usual streaky cirrus.



"The vision must be kept, for it does not shine brightly by itself."

At one of our brief rest stops, Ray told me about a climbing film he watched several dozen times in Yosemite. His favorite line from the film went something like this: "The vision must be kept, for it does not shine brightly by itself." This certainly is true with any endeavor, but especially for us here in Antarctica, as we slowly make our way to the pole.


Tired but still smiling.

Another milestone today: we crossed the 84th parallel.

Evening camp: S 84° 06.688' W 84° 20.404'

Today's mileage: 12.9

Altitude: 4902 ft.

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