Day 54: Good Weather, Fairly Flat Terrain
Today was a gorgeous, sunny, no-wind, no-sastrugi day. The catch? There seems to be a catch each day in Antarctica. But not today.
With such good weather the skiing was a joy, on fairly flat terrain. The surface is wind-packed, frozen snow, and because of the wind, the spindrift acts to polish the surface to some degree.
Looking toward the sun, the light reflects from the snow, giving it a glassy look for miles all around.
Very brief rest stop in good weather.
Jenny is not to be outdone.
All morning we skied without ski jackets. About noon we took a break, and for the first time on this trip I laid down - on Jenny's sled.
It was really comfortable for a few minutes until an east wind sprung up. We started to chill immediately. End of lunch break, put the ski jackets on, put the hoods up, and get moving, quick. The afternoon was cold.
Late in the day we came to a big hill festooned with 18-inch high sastrugi. We spent the rest of the day climbing it.
Looking back. Usually our horizon is only a few hundred yards distant, but in this view it is twice that. This is because we have climbed a hill.
My Breathicle (breath icicle) has extended down the front of the jacket.
I'm not reporting our elevation on a regular basis because we don't know exactly what it is. Our GPS has an altimeter built in, but the GPS altitude function only gives a very general idea; and the electronic altimeter only reads the barometric pressure, and of course this fluctuates wildly every day. Somewhere around 9,000 to 9200 feet.
Countdown: 53 miles.
Evening camp: S 89° 12.536' W 85° 02.046'
Today's mileage: 11.9 n 10.5 hrs.