Saturday, November 26, 2011

First full day of skiing

The team had their first full day of skiing today with much of it uphill, and portions of it through crevasse areas. The crevasses were small and Oskar was out front probing the route to ensure a safe crossing. The weather continues to hold, with blue sky and beautiful scenery. They got their first taste of the winds that are legendary, but nothing that was problematic. After so much anticipation it feels good making progress towards their ultimate goal.

Susan from Ohio asks if they will have full 24 hour sunlight the entire trip. Good question Susan, the answer is yes. Not only is the sun above the horizon, it is actually quite high, making it very bright indeed. Some people wonder if it is hard to get to sleep with 24 hour sun, but after a hard day of pulling sleds, and staying warm most people have no problem falling fast asleep.

The sun becomes a great friend on this type of expedition. In addition to keeping you warm, it also is the most reliable navigational tool (no batteries required!). We'll comment more about using the sun for navigation later... we're just delighted that the team is having so much sun!

Below are a couple of pictures from their flight to Antarctica and getting organized in Union Glacier. Check back again tomorrow for another update, and don't forget to listen to Bob's audio update from the team.

Ronny, Bob and Dennis en route to Union Glacier

Getting sorted at Union Glacier. This beautiful weather persists through today!


  1. Way to go team! Keep up the good work :)

  2. Stay warm! We're rooting for you!

  3. So nice to hear Bob's voice! Sounds like Oskar and Lisa are keeping everyone safe - thanks!!