January 13, 2013January 13, 2013| | 0 Comment
Hello Aaron in Antarctica, day 71. Camp position South 88 degrees 52 decimal 861 minutes, West 081 degree 21 decimal 244 minutes. Distance 8.3 miles, time 9 hours, distance to South Pole 67 nautical miles, elevation 9,000 feet. Oh yea it was one of those weird ones today, even though it was minus 20 degrees, session 2 and 3, I was literally down to my shirt with my parka and jacket wrapped around my waist it was so hot. It's kinda weird it's not hot but the solar radiation here is so intense it just cooks ya and my goggles didn't ice up, they fogged decently but I couldn't break down any farther than that. The interesting thing is I also had a tail wind for those two sessions so that actually made it hotter but the tail wind kicked up just enough where it was cooling on my back and actually gave me a little burst of speed so that actually felt good, kinda nice to enjoy that for once. Then by session 4, just a little puff of wind from the south or east or whatever hit me and whoaaa, I mean just 2 or 3 knots is all it takes and boy jacket back on, go from alpine gloves to mittens, I mean, wooo, doesn't take but anything to slice and dice ya, that's for sure. So it's definitely a weird place um your in minus 20 degrees and yet your on absolute fire just hanging out, so definitely a problem there. Not too bad of camp ground, the surface continues to be soft and mushy, I've been warned that is pretty much the way it's going to be all the way to the Pole. I did get a chance to speak with Hannah McKeand last night, gave me some pointers on how to try and maintain my goggles and get that all up and at this point I'm just having challenges trying to maintain and keep that and I think I'm just gonna cover my face with band aids and hopefully that'll all do it so I''l actually will look like Bossk the Bounty Hunter from Empire Strikes Back, that'll be an interesting look that's for sure. Other than that I've currently got eleven rations and assuming everything goes ok, I'm gonna keep doing 8.3 miles a day, I'll get to the Pole in about 8 days. Uh yea, I'm having to put an extra half session at the end of the day to get past that 8 mile mark and that's a really butt kicker, my achilles, my feet, my knee and my hips and my back really don't like it but I don't want to drop too many miles cause there's a massive cloud bank hanging off to the east here, been told it shouldn't visit me but you know how weather forcasts are they can be instantly different so pretty much pray for me that I have good weather coming into the Pole. Definitely still 64/67 miles, it's not next door that's for sure. I hope all is well with everyone. Out!