Into the blizzard

Oh the weather outside is frightful. But the fire inside is so delightful.

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Lame excuse – when the snow is driving like this it’s difficult if not impossible to see with a headlamp. I am waiting till first light that way I can pack all my gear and not have to try and use artificial light.

When walking into driving snow like that with a headlamp, the snow reflects, basically blinding you.

This is going to be a great today slog out of the park in this weather. This is exactly the experience I came for. Although it’s only 20 deg outside so it’s really not that cold but I’ll take it where I can get it.

How tough it is

How tough is it to make it to the pole, let alone making the return trip?

Antarctic progress
Antarctic progress

There is a team in Antarctica right now attempting to make the round trip.  They’re running into some difficulties, as to be expected.

Based on their current rate of travel, their projected arrival time at the pole is approximately 112 days from start.  Note that as the team is going along, they will deposit caches for their return trip, so this will improve their speed.

Powdery and deep snow are surprising this far out.  Normally you experience that at your near-lowest weight south of 88 degrees.  This team is getting and extra dose of hurt.  Not something that I would wish on anyone!

My experience in Yellowstone has taught me that I have to be ready for soft snow for hundreds of miles.  As a consequence, modifications to the sledges have to be made to deal with just this sort of circumstance.  Modifications I made last year to my sled made my life 2x easier compared to my 2009 trip through Yellowstone.

Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Backcountry Skis Review

The Rossignol BC-90 Positrack Backcounty skis ended up being a great ski for me on my

On the road in Yellowstone at -10 degrees

second expedition across Yellowstone in January 2011. In Jan 2010, I had the 189 skis with no skins and could not tow my sled at all with those skis. Originally, the thought was that I needed maximum floatation when traveling through the back country with those skis. They did have great float, virtually as good at my ultra-light snow shoes. Continue reading “Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Backcountry Skis Review”