Crevasse in the kitchen

Few days ago, a solo kiter was coming towards our team. They were hoping to meet him but they went past each other without meeting. But there was another team of three that was also coming their way and now they just met them.

The progress has been really good lately and it looks like Einar’s plans will hold.

“Yesterday [4th of January] was a big day. We skied 29 km to get all the way to our cache in one day. The weather was great, sunny and breeze from southeast. We hat quite a bit of big sastrukis on the way and some hills up and down. We are now at 2330 m and have gained almost 1000 m last 10 days. We camped close to the cache and when I was digging a hole in the vestibule which also serves as kitchen, I came down to a 15 cm wide crevasse. I could not see the bottom but it did not seem to get any wider further down. I first thought that I would have to move the tent but then decided to shovel some snow in to the fissure and stuff it in with my foot. It works and the snow is frozen in. When I sit in the tent door, cooking and managing the stoves, it feels funny to know that there is a bottomless crevasse under my feet:)

Another important event occurred yesterday when we met the first people we have seen since we started our expedition 42 days ago. It was a french couple with their Norwegian guide, coming from the Pole and on their way to Hercules inlet where we started. We had a good chat and me and the guide shared information about the routes ahead.

20150104_222118Our team met another team, a French couple and their Norwegian guide.

Today [5th of January] we had a rest day. We attack the last part tomorrow and my plan is to get to the Pole in 13 days.

Best regards,

Einar”

Camp 39 at 87°22’999 S 82°15’138 W (end of 4th of January. They staid there two nights.)

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– bh

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Two important milestones

The South Pole team is still going strong and travelling far each day even though they have been experiencing uneven snow for the last two days.

„The two last days have been a bit hard.  We now have sastrugis again and this time they are from southeast to northwest, so we have to go across each and every one instead of skiing along them as we some times could before. Yesterday [2nd of January] we had the glacier landscape rising fast and before each uphill there was a considerable descent.  When we where supposed to stop and put up camp we found our self’s on a big slope with icy snow and nowhere to put up a tent.  So we skied on and it took an extra hour to get to the flat with better snow to camp on. And as a result we had a big day,  28 km and 200 m altitude gain despite the descent we also did. So we are now above 2000m and it is getting a little colder  which among other means that my face mask is constantly freezing to my beard 🙁

20150103_180112Tim, Hugh and Bill after the a skiing session just before putting up tents.

Today [3rd of January] we woke up half an hour later than usual. We were a bit slow to start after the big day yesterday but after we got going we did 22 km of Sastrugi crossings and added some altitude so we are now at 2150 m with more to come since we camped just before a big hill. Two important milestones where passed today,  the 87°S and the 800 km point.  We have now done 805 km.

Best regards
Einar“

Camp 37 at 86°55’308 S 81°32’543 W (end of 2nd of January)
Camp 38 at 87°07’413 S 81°43’668 W (end of 3rd of January)

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– bh

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Happy New year from Antarctica

We continue to get positive news from our South Pole team. Conditions have improved, the team is happy, working well together and all is going as hoped for. In his latest message, Einar tells us about the good progress they´ve made:

“Dear friends. Happy New year.

We celebrated the new year with a taste of whiskey before going early to bed as usually 🙂

Last couple of days we have been going strong as the days before.  Weather has been very good, sunny and slightly windy from south. Yesterday [31st of December] the snow was sticky in the morning but the gliding was better in the afternoon and today [1st of January] the gliding was very good. We are gaining altitude much faster these days than before Thyls mountains and on the “steepest” part (nothing is really steep here) we now have sastrugis from south east right across our route in stead of the normal ones that come from the south south west.  We have climbed over 500 m in a week and are now at 1900 m. Yesterday’s distance was 24,1 km and today we skied 26,2 km. This has taken us to a couple of new milestones.  We have now done 755 km total which is over two thirds of the way to the Pole and we have now less than 400 km to go.

20150101_192741A selfie from Einar. Antarctica is obviously not treating him too bad. 

We had hoped to meet the solo kiter that was heading our way but yesterday we saw his fresh track and saw that he had passed slightly East of us.  We still hope to meet the french couple and their guide which should be at the cache on a similar time as we. We will see.

Best regards, Einar”

Camp 35 at 86°26’221 S 81°10’210 W, Temperatures -17°C. (end of 31st of December, 2014)
Camp 36 at 86°40’281 S 81°14’755 W.  Temperatures -16°C. (end of 1st of January, 2015)

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– bh

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Past the 86th degree and over 700 km done so far

Einar and his team are going fast and all is well. They´ve one over 700 km and are now past the 86th degree. Here is Einar’s latest message:

“Yesterday [29th of December] we had another very good weather day. The surface
was the best we have had during the whole expedition, at times like skiing on a snow covered frozen lake back home. The Thyl mountains can still be seen in the distance but are now quite far. We skied for 7 hours and 30 minutes and covered 25,7 km.

dbdfb2a9-32d8-42d0-991c-98259b2f6d832127161318_editBill and Hugh at the end of the days skiing

Today’s [30th of December] weather was also very good but a little more wind than yesterday so we were happy having lunch in the Rab shelter. The wind and the cold also makes the snow a bit sticky so pulling is harder but we still made good progress and we covered 24,7 km. We made two important milestones today, we have passed 86°S and made more than 700 km.

Best regards
Einar”

Camp 33 at 85°59’970 S 81°07’720 W (end of 29th of December)
Camp 34 at 86°13’255 S 81°11’735 W (end of 30th of December)

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– bh

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