Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eighty Three & Happy Anniversary!

100 years ago today Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole after traveling 870 miles from his coastal base, Framheim. He arrived at the Pole more than a month before British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. The two expeditions were very different from each other, both in their planning and execution. In the end both were remarkable feats of exploration.

Amundsen's tent at the South Pole "Poleheim"

Tonight PolarExplorers has a team at the South Pole to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Amundsen's expedition. In addition to celebrating Amundsen's achievement they also celebrated the spirit of adventure and exploration. As a part of this they toasted our Full South Pole team, who today passed the 83rd degree of South latitude on their own incredible expedition.

Today the team reported beautiful weather and high spirits. They slept in a few hours and then hit the ice covering 18 kilometers.

They feel lucky to have had such good weather, and Bob in his audio update is almost poetic in his description of his surroundings. As they skied today they were thinking about Amundsen's expedition, and they were planning a special toast for dinnertime.

Bob leaves a delightful update, so make sure to check it out, and visit again tomorrow for another update from the team!

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