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Antarctica update, day 7, camp position South 80 degrees 14 decimal 106 minutes position West 080 degrees 45 decimal 107 minutes. Travel time 4 hours, distance 2 nautical miles. That was a doozying of 2 nautical miles I have ever traveled, other than for half an hour when things got clear, it was complete white out. In the morning was a white out and a ground blizzard, that got me a little scared so I didn’t get started until 2 o’clock, I didn’t want to get wiped out and I have to get used traveling those ground blizzards if I ever wanna make it though. I got to actually see sun dogs, and a sun, it wasn’t a sun pillar it was more like a sun pyramid, “that” I came a long way to see, and I was very happy to see it, even though it was only around for 15 minutes and then the clouds came back in. The rest was like walking in a complete white room with white walls and a white ceiling, never have experienced anything like it. Much of the time I had to look at what I thought was the ground and poke at it with my ski poles while I was walking. More than once my ski pole went into the air as I was standing on a serack or 2 above of just space. It wasn’t a crevasse but boy oh boy I stumbled and fell several times. I was amazed my sleds didn’t eat it more. I notice weight differential in my two sleds is really dragging me down so I gotta transfer a bunch of kilos of butter from one to the other, I think that’s causing me some problems, but not being able to see is also a problem. I was able to see the mountains to the South for about a half an hour so that made navigation a little easier. I was told that tomorrow morning is suppose to be 20 knot winds breaking down to 10 knot winds with some clearing, I hope so because I’m headed for a crevasse field and I really need to see what I’m doing before I head over the pass and on to the plateau. These first 7 days and 20 miles have been the toughest of my life hands down. I can’t believe I’ve only gone this far. Hopefully it’ll get better. Having a good time anyway, I mean it’s definitely an experience to travel in a Lucas film, it was like being blind and only being able to see light and dark, it was the weirdest thing ever. Other than that, having a good time and getting to bed a little bit earlier here, wiped out, that’s for sure, I can’t believe how much energy it takes. Also, it’s very strange, I found this little patch of sand and grit in the middle of nowhere and it was so remarkable because it stood out against that absolute white. I layed down and stared at it for a good minute or two, it was more and excuse to get out of the wind behind one my polks than anything else, but it was kinda interesting anyway. Out!

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