Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tired but happy

The team reports a very satisfying day today, covering 18.6 kilometers in 8.5 hours, often uphill. They are all doing well and getting into the routine of life on the ice. Bob, in his audio update, reminds us all that they are travelling on the greatest ice sheet left on Earth. A very cool place to be indeed! Their location tonight is       S 80.36.252, W 81.07.871.

Back at PolarExplorers headquarters near Chicago, USA, we toasted Bryony, Dennis, Bob, Ronny, Oscar and Lisa at our "South Pole Soiree". This was a get together of adventurers and arm chair adventurers to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the South Pole's discovery. We spent a lot of time talking about Amundsen's and Scott's historic expeditions. Even though much has changed in terms of outdoor gear and equipment (lighter tents, softer harnesses, more efficient stoves, etc.), the teams on the ice today experience the same conditions and terrain as the early explorers. The tug of a sled, the crunch of the snow underfoot, and the endless white - these are the same daily companions that the early explorers encountered. The biggest difference between then and now is that teams today are able to communicate with the outside world (happily for us home-bound friends and family!)

Break time! Can you tell which way the wind is blowing?

If you guessed "from behind" you are right! You can always tell which way the wind is blowing in polar pictures because people always place their back to the wind. You will notice, in the coming weeks, that the team is often photographed in a line, even when stopped for a break. This is simply because it's uncomfortable to face into the wind (and the wind is almost ALWAYS blowing), and therefore they generally won't congregate in a circle or facing each other.

Bob gives us a great audio snapshot of the day so make sure to listen to it below. And visit us again tomorrow for another update from the team!

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