3 janvier 2015
S 87° 44′ , W 82° 16′
Total distance : 1,170 km
Temp : -24°C (windchill: -35°C)
D51 – Report of week 7
It has now been seven weeks since we started the expedition. This is the report of week 7.
We have been skiing almost all week over the Antarctic plateau – after leaving South Pole on December 25 late afternoon. It took us 6 days to get out of the plateau as we decided to keep a reasonable pace and keep as much strength as possible for the way down. The surface / snow over the plateau is quite deep and sticky so it was kind of hard work. We were lucky with the weather though as this was a sunny week without much wind. Temperature was down to -35°C almost all week.
We have now started the way down – since yesterday and have set up camp today at altitude of app. 2.500 meters. We are back in sastrugis fields ! And we started to ski longer hours – 10 hours every day – as we have a long way to go (2.045 kms in total).
We spent New Year’s eve in our tent in the middle of Antarctica – with not much more than our regular dehydrated food. It was good time though and we are glad to be in January now – focused on our goal to achieve the crossing of Antarctica by ski.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes !
And remember that the only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.