Day 4: A Beautiful Day
Wow! We could write a book about the last three days. It seems like we were in survival mode, with extra cold weather and extremely high winds. All batteries were frozen, with no way to recharge them.
Today was a beautiful day with -11C and 10 mph wind. We are having a great time, and learning how to cope with Antarctica's early season conditions. True, we are making slow progress, but that is to be expected at the start, with steep hills, sastrugi, very high winds, and some blue ice onto which small rocks have been blown from the nearby mountains creating havoc with our sled runners.
The Ellsworth mountains recede in the background.
Skiing in nice weather.
Shoving snow onto the snow skirt to pin the tent in place.
Jenny sorting provisions.
Home, sweet home.
Jenny thinks she might have frostbitten a finger, but all our fingertips feel numb - probably superficial cold injury. That, and we are not used to holding ski poles with gloves on; probably chafe, certainly nothing too serious.
Evening camp: S 80° 33.119' W 81° 34.530'