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