29 November 2011

Heading West

Richard telephoned in yesterday evening. The team is heading west to avoid a large crevasse field. Once past it, they will turn straight south and head towards to South Pole. Yesterday night's camp: S 83 06.9 W 68 31.6 9 Hours of skiing; 24km covered. The expedition is experiencing "snow settling" while skiing (when the snow is collapsing underneath them). It isn't dangerous as they are well away from the crevasses, however it certainly provides an unnerving experience. Everyone is in great spirits, joking about the cracking and "whooshing noises" from the ice. They reported the weather to be exquisite! Sunny, warm, and no wind! The team crossed the 83rd degree, thereby meriting a degree treat! (Extra chocolate for the day!) Tessum