14km left… almost there

Einar just phoned us (14:25 GMT) and is now only about 14km away from the South Pole. He can already see some buildings around. They have some 5-6 active hours of skiing left to do and will be at the pole between nine and ten GMT tonight. We are looking forward to hear from him again when he´s finished, nothing can stop him and his hard working team now from getting all the way. More soon…

20150101_192741Einar like he looked like in the beginning of January

– bh

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Half way, now at Thiels Corner

Einar´s team is now half way on their journey to the South Pole. They had a good last day to the second cache and did very well, manage to go all the way instead of arriving in the morning of the 24th. Here we have Einar’s message on this important point of the expedition:

“Hi and merry Christmas. Yesterday we pushed along and did the 27 km we had left to Thyls Corner. We arrived at 7pm after 7 hours and 40 minutes of skiing. We were all very happy to have reached our second cache, the 85th degree and our half way point to the Pole. Today we have spent most of our time going through the food and our equipment because here we can send back things we don’t need anymore. We plan to stay here tomorrow also so we get a perfect rest before continuing. The plan is to be considerably faster on our second half of the expedition and arrive to the Pole on the 18th of January. We wish everyone merry Christmas and hope everyone is having a great time.

Best regards
Einar”

20141224_172412Happy chaps, spending Christmas at Thiels Corner 

 We of course send Einar, Tim, Hugh and William our greetings and hope they have a pleasant and relaxing time at Thiels Corner. We know Einar managed to bring in some food related treats for Christmas. Enjoy 🙂

Camp 29 (Thiels Corner) at 85°05’174 S 80°46’750 W (end of 23th of December)

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– bh

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Nearly half way now

“Hi. We have advanced well the last two days despite some “sand snow” conditions.  Yesterday we had breeze from the south and good visibility and made  24 km.  Today the wind picked up and blowed at around 10 knots from south.  We all felt the pulling of the pulkas was hard today and that our process was slow so we were happy to discover at the end of the day that we had done 24,1 km. But we feel quite beaten up after the hard work and look forward to our Christmas break.  We now have 27 km to go for our next cache at Thyls Corner so we should be there latest around noon of the 24th.

8c23fe17-bf2d-459b-8b5a-78022a5329911254427832The NF Bastion tent

a4707b0c-6d8a-41ff-86b3-140e5be848a3533485484And the toilet

Another thing that cheered us up today was that we saw mountains again after 300 km of nothing but the white snowy desert. These mountains are towards our northwest and are probably part of the Thyl mountains.  In the evening the wind accelerated and is now blowing at 15 knots.  This includes a lot of spin drift so I took pictures of our Bastion tent and the toilet with the snow blowing.  The pooper is a very important thing in these circumstances so you don’t get snow in pants when doing your thing.

Best regards

Einar”

Camp 27 at 84°37’367 S 80°38′ 437 W (end of 21st of December)

Camp 28 at 84°50’312 S 80°41’812 W. (end of 22nd of December)

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– bh

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Reaching the first cache

Einar and the team have now reached the first cache of food and supplies that was planted on the way for them. The last day before that was hard, they had low visibility in the morning and the sastrugis became bigger than before. So it was a slow progress early on, but they worked hard and arrived at the cache quarter to seven in the afternoon. Total distance of the day (8th of December) was 23,9 km done in 7 hours and 45 minutes.

20141209_194954Camp 15 and sastrugis around

They camped and decided to dig out the cache the morning after. The joy of reaching the cache was somewhat overshadowed by an unpleasant surprise. „We found out to our discontent that the duffel bags with food where stinking of diesel oil or kerosene. We went through the whole number of bags, had a good look and are hoping that the food is not contaminated. In my regular phone call with Union Glacier tonight I told them to be more careful in the future.“

Contaminated food is seriously bad news but Einar didn´t really mention the status of the food after they had gone through it. No news are better than bad news, right? We assume all was pretty much OK in the end. The day after (the 9th) they continued and all seems good.

„So today after reorganising the pulkas and the new food, we left camp at 13:00. Really big sastrugis but good weather and we did 13,5 km in 4 hours and 45 min,“ Einar told us and they are en route again.

Camp 14 82°17’091 S 80°52’222 W (end of 8th of December)

Camp 15 82°24’371 S 80°54’809 W (end of 9th of December).

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– bh

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