Monday, January 16, 2012

In the home stretch...

Today the team reports that they have crossed the 89th degree of south latitude. Wahoo! This is a huge milestone for the team. It means that they are less than 60 nautical miles or 110 kilometers from the South Pole. The light at the end of the tunnel is definitely getting brighter!

The "Last Degree" is a popular ski route to the South Pole. Because of the increased number of skiers traveling this distance there are certain regulations to protect the pristine nature of the ice. In particular it is necessary to carry out all human solid waste (poop) within the last degree. The team has been having some laughs over this and getting used to the fact that their sleds won't necessarily be getting any lighter!

Their position tonight is S 89.10.984, W 82.05.042. Make sure to listen to BB's audio report and check back again tomorrow for another update from the team!

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