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

2006-12-17 page 40 of 67

Day 37: Alone in an Immense Wilderness




It felt like the first day of summer. Beautiful blue sky, and a faint, light wind, just enough to keep us from overheating.

In the morning we had some hill climbing and moderate sastrugi, but by early afternoon we found the going a bit easier and the sastrugi not so rough.

A large part of our enjoyment today was the fact that we had gotten past the 85 degree hurdle. Now it felt like we were really on our way to the pole.

Due to the snowfall four days ago, and the lack of wind, we were constantly pulling the sleds over patches of soft, sticky snow of one to three inches deep.

Ray and I traded leads all day, and thanks to his coaching throughout the day (instruction and tips on the fine art of navigating by all clues available, while referring to the compass to verify only occasionally), I was able to maintain, for the most part, a correct heading. Of course, Ray had taught me much of this previously, but today I was able to put it into practice.

Without the biting wind howling through our parka hoods, I was amazed at how absolutely quiet and still this icy continent can be. And although there are other south pole expeditions ahead and behind us, we feel very isolated, as though we have this entire sector all to ourselves.

We are quite used to this feeling of aloneness; in fact it is one of the factors that draws us to the immense wilderness areas.


Tonight in the tent, as we eat our dinner and get ready for sleep, we can feel the solar radiation permeating the west facing side of the tent. With any kind of wind, the sun doesn't have a chance to do any warming.

And in the morning, when we awake at 6:00, we get the solar heating on the east side of the tent.

Evening camp: 86° 10.592' W 86° 41.745'

Today's mileage: 12.2

Altitude: 5930 ft., Temperature: -19 C

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