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

2006-12-12 page 35 of 67

Day 32: Sastrugi on top of Sastrugi

If all the days were this tough, I might stay home and play checkers instead. Either that or take it up a notch and get used to it. Wow! We burned some blubber today.

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The day started with heavy sleds, that seemed to get heavier as time went on. Yet all was going well for the first five minutes, until we encountered the sastrugi. But this was different. In the past it was sastrugi next to sastrugi. But here it was sastrugi on top of sastrugi.

We were crossing a wide area where the wind funneled between two mountains, and had churned the ice to chaos. It was like a short, choppy sea frozen in time. There was no route through, and time after time a wave caught the sleds and brought us to a halt.

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Jenny struggling to climb the slope.

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As Jenny was sliding down a hill, her sled overtook her and caused her to crash.

After eight hours of such slow going, we came to an area of different terrain: blue ice. Flat, and ice-rink hard, at the foot of the mountains. The problem was, it was very slippery. We had to ski very slowly and carefully.

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Blue ice.

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Sprinkled on the ice here and there were stones of all sizes. Probably the wind picked them up and flung them down here from the mountains. Jenny picked up a couple and put them in her pocket.

Over dinner we studied them. I thought I knew rocks pretty well, but I have never seen anything like these two. One was coal black and reminiscent of slate, but without the layers; smooth and homogeneous. The other sample reminds us of coarse granite. It comprises large crystals of quartz and what have you.

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Mount Walcott, east shoulder.

At the end of the day we had to find a make-shift camp, a small, tent-sized spot in the sea of sastrugi, on the east flank of Mount Walcott.

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Evening camp: S 85° 21.199' W 87° 02.019'

Today's mileage: 11.7 in 10 hrs

Snow flurries, Temperature: -14 C

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