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

2006-12-08 page 31 of 67

Today's weather: sastrugi. Other than that, we didn't notice.

Today's menu: sastrugi for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks at rest stops: sastrugi.

What are sastrugi? Anomalies in the flat Antarctica myth.

Day 28: Anomalies in the flat Antarctica myth

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With only light winds (5 to 15), we expected a day of white out. This was according to the patterns we have observed. And actually a white out came flying through, mid-morning. It was traveling fast, but just as it was about to engulf us, it swerved and missed us by a good mile.

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The wind was full of fine spindrift, and the upper atmosphere was full of ice crystals, and we enjoyed the sight of a pretty sun dog, (when not looking at the sastrugi) which at times showed the colors of a platinum rainbow. That is to say that it looked strangely metallic.

We wended our way through the anomalies as best we could; at times there didn't appear to be a best route, so we had to simply forge through. This happened about 40 percent of our day.

Other than that we both listened to music all day. Over to the right umpteen miles sits a lovely, small cluster of mountains commanding the eye.

We enjoyed the day very much, and especially appreciated our light sleds as we are getting close to our resupply 40 miles hence. Also the day was warm enough so that the sled runners slid over the ice more easily.

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A small cluster of mountains commanding the eye.

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A pile of snow blocks, positioned just outside the cooking area. Jenny adds these to our cookpot to melt, to make our evenings supply of water for cooking and hot brews. Then later she melts more blocks to fill our drinking bottles.

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My face mask at the end of the day, turned inside-out to show the ice that forms from my breath. Every day this ice cup forms around my chin, and sits very close to my chin, like a loose sock fits a foot. At the end of the day, this ice is sometimes so thick that it takes me several minutes in the warm tent to melt it enough that I can remove the face mask. Once off, I melt all the ice by putting the mask on top of the lidded snow-block melting pot. This face mask covered in ice is not very comfortable to wear for nine hours straight, at least the parts around the mouth and chin. But it does offer excellent protection from the wind, as long as I can keep the ice away from my skin.

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A patch of frostbite on my lip.

Evening camp: 84° 40.212' W 85° 22.859'

Today's mileage: 13.4 in 9 hrs

Altitude: 5,125 ft., Temperature: -18 C

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