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

2006-12-11 page 34 of 67

Day 31: Mid-Journey Resupply

White out, wind 0 to 5 knots, some snow flurries.

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Snack break in warm weather.

The terrain was mostly flat in the lee of the Thiels mountains, so we found that by being extra careful we could ski just about as fast as if there were no white out. In this case, by being always ready to stop instantly when we felt or sensed a problem. I led all day, and I felt/heard Jenny crash into my sled a few times when she didn't stop quickly enough. Only once did she fall down one of the unexpected "mini ski slopes."

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Despite the white out, we could see the base of the mountains, so navigation was easy. My method was to switch on the GPS long enough to read the magnetic bearing, then turn off GPS and put it away. Then pull out my compass, set the heading, and look to which mountain the compass was pointing to, then put the compass away.

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Green fuel barrels

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At 3:15 pm we arrived our resupply.

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Our backpacks containing our resupply food and fuel.

We didn't see the fuel barrels until we were a couple miles away. We arrived at the resupply at 3:15 pm. Still in a white out, we had trouble finding a place to pitch the tent because we couldn't see the ground. So I devised a method: We pitched the tent, then lifted it high enough to look under it - and then we could see the ground at that spot. "That will never do; the ground is not smooth, and it is sloped." So we moved over a ways and looked again. After several tries we finally found a suitable place.

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Still in a white out, we had trouble finding a place to pitch the tent because we couldn't see the ground texture, whether it was level and smooth.

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The "Thiels" location consists of an ice runway, dozens of fuel barrels, and a skidoo and plow to maintain the runway. It's all here because this is the half-way point for refueling the Twin Otter en route to the pole.

By resupplying here we saved carrying 75 pounds each of food and fuel for a month. On the down side, the cache was about seven miles out of our way, and then it will be an extra seven more miles to get around the mountains.

Nevertheless, tonight we are eating like kings, and wearing clean socks and underwear.

Evening camp: S 85° 11.997' W 87° 53.069'

Today's mileage: 11.3 in 7.25 hrs

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