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

2006-12-29 page 52 of 67

Day 49: Skiing in the Tropic of Antarctica

The wind was 10-12 knots (at times) northwest for most of the morning. In the afternoon the wind quit, the sun came out, and the temperature increased to a balmy minus 12 degrees C.

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We carry our water bottles in thick insulated stowbags so the water doesn't re-freeze. And these stowbags stay in our sleds.

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For the technically minded, we have cut the eye openings of the face masks extra large to reduce sweating under the goggles. Note the icicle hanging from the scarf.

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Skiing in the Tropic of Antarctica.

For the first time on this trip I was able to ski without my face mask on. (This lasted only 20 minutes or so, and wasn't a luxury but a necessity to reduce sweating.) We both wore our dark glasses today instead of goggles because they handle the fogging problem better in warm weather.

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Also, for the first time on this trip we enjoyed a leisurely, sit-down lunch (sharing a bowl of granola), without feeling very cold.

In the late afternoon the wind piped up to 2 or 3 knots and that suddenly ended the feeling that we were in the tropics. It's amazing how little wind it takes to let you know you are back in Antarctica.

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Ice crystals in the upper atmosphere making the sun appear much larger.

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This photo is out of focus but it does show how I melt the ice from my face mask every evening, by laying it on top of the lidded pot that is melting snow.

We heard during our evening call to Base Camp the belated news that the British RAF "Southern Reach" team had to be evacuated. This had happened six days ago, a few miles east of our present location. One or more members of the team experienced serious frostbite during their first day of travel, and subsequent cold spells worsened their condition. info. This was the same storm that had frost nipped our legs. And the staff at Base Camp had warned all of us not to travel in such conditions.

Evening camp: S 88° 19.581' W 85° 37.077'

Today's mileage: 11.6 in 10.5 hrs

Altitude: 8870 ft., Temperature: -12C

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