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

2006-12-28 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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