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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

2006-12-28 page 51 of 67

Day 48: Eight Degrees Down, Two To Go

Today was cold and a bit windy, making it doubly cold. The wind has been blowing from the N to E quadrant for a week, which is highly unusual. The sky was mostly cloudy, but when the sun appeared it brought with it a double sun.

Fifteen minutes into our day we crossed the 88 S parallel. Eight degrees down and two degrees remaining.




Another very unusual phenomenon where the ice crystals in the upper atmosphere enlarge the sun and shift it down towards the horizon, making it appear lower in the sky.


We had camped last night on a big sastrugi field. Today we found that it went on and on. We did not reach the end of it until 1:00 pm. After that, the going was a bit easier, with larger gaps between sastrugi.

By 4:00 pm the clouds had engulfed us and the light went flat. And, we entered another sastrugi field, a repeat of yesterday evening, it seems, although today it was on a hill which increased the effort even more.




And like yesterday, we reached the end of our day, but not the end of the sastrugi field. Fortunately we found a campsite after 20 minutes of looking.

It was a good day, and it also is good to be in the shelter of the tent, even though it is a bit cold inside because of the wind and the lack of sun. But we are toasty warm wearing our working clothes, and relaxing under our quilt.

Evening camp: S 88° 09.595' W 86° 05.281'

Today's mileage: 11.5 in 10.3 hrs

Altitude: 8760 ft., Temperature: -25C

Note: Congratulations to our good friend Hannah McKeand who has arrived at the South Pole today, setting a world record for her solo and unsupported journey of under 40 days. Link

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