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  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

2006-12-27 page 50 of 67

Day 47: Antarctica's Double Sun



Antarctica's double sun.


We've had the double sun for a week now, off and on. Today it lasted almost all day, and at times it was so bright we could not look at it for long, even with our goggles on. It felt like staring at a welding arc.

We had not heard about this double sun phenomenon, and to experience it first hand was awesome. We think it is found in other parts of the world, but not with such intensity.


To complement the double sun, the day was gorgeous. We skied along admiring the endless stretches of whiteness, negotiating sastrugi fields, and glancing back at the double suns.


As the afternoon wore on, the northeast wind began to bite more fiercely. We knew the temperature was dropping, but the sledging was keeping us warm enough.

As usual we kept our rest breaks very short - just long enough to drink some water, eat a slice of salami and a small piece cookie bar, and then put a few hard candies in the mouth for on the go.



As the day wears on, the double sun is swinging around the horizon - from our left side, to behind us, then to our right.

By 6:20 pm we were ready to find a campsite and quit for the day. But we had entered an area of tightly-packed sastrugi, it looked like a frozen class 3 rapids on an immense river. These sastrugi rapids went on and on, stretching out to the horizon all around us.

We figured that if we kept going we would either find a small, flat, level tent-size area, or we would reach the far end of this sastrugi field.

After nearly an hour we finally found a small area suitable for camping. But ahead to the south, and indeed surrounding us on all sides is what feels like an immense ocean of sastrugi.

So we put in an 11-hour day today, and just about reached 88 degrees. When we stopped for the day at 7 pm, the temperature was minus 30 degrees C.


Beautiful halos in the sky, caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere The one on the right is the classic 22° halo. The rainbow on the left is a 46° halo, a very unusual phenomenon. The approaching lower clouds are about to engulfed us, and they brought flat light that made finding camp difficult.

Evening camp: S 87° 59.649' W 86° 36.223'

Today's mileage: 12.3

Altitude: 8540 ft., Temperature: -30C

Note: Congratulations to the four-man team "Polar Quest" the British Royal Navy & Marines, who reached the Pole today, December 27. Link. We didn't know these guys very well because back in Punta Arenas they hung out at the miliary base. But after reaching the pole (46 days travel) they took another three weeks to kite back to PH.

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