November 20, 2012November 20, 2012| | 0 Comment
Hello from Antarctica, day 17. Camp position South 80 degrees 37 decimal 536 minutes, position West 081 degrees 00 decimal 117 minutes. Distance 4.5 nautical miles, time 8.5 hours I was able to get it going a little bit earlier this morning. Although I had a horrible night of sleep, kept waking up having to use the toilet, and just generally not sleeping well I don't know what that was all about but haven't exactly been sleeping great here. Maybe it was getting caught in Doom Valley, definitely sucked, between Red Pass Hills, Three Sails and what looks to be the Plateau. There's a huge valley that you get suckered in to going into and the Eastern wall is incredibly steep, I mean, walking up is yea but going up is, no way, not even possible so. Definitely the place to avoid, problem is it's directly in the path of (whoop water boiling) where I wanna go. So been having a good time, fortunately I hit a flat area where I can actually pick up speed, I was able to go aerobic today rather than anaerobic like I've been doing almost 2 miserable weeks. I think I only had one day where I was able to go aerobic so, gotta say that was nice. Hoping to kick up some speed tomorrow, actually cover a little bit more distance, since I was actually able to walk much faster up here. Sastrugi was so bad in Doom Valley that I had to kick my skis off it was absurd, it was totally pointless, I kept falling down, no reason to get injured, ski up the hill pretty much sucked that's for sure. Looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully be able to break out, we will see. Still working on the shovel, I finally was able to punch through the first hole, it's not totally rounded out yet but it'll get there, so at least a week to get that thing repaired and it definitely started cutting and prying or not prying, cutting and lifting but not prying with that shovel cause after having that one thing break I don't have a lot of confindence in that blade so. If the blade goes it will be expedition over and I don't want that to happen. Other than that, the crack in the bottom of my right foot seems to be feeling a little bit better, going to go after it more tonight, hopefully get that all fixed up. And then also there was so much sustrugi and stumbling today that my left toe started bugging me cause I kept stumbling and wacking it and that wasn't very pleasant, so hopefully I won't do that again tomorrow and I'll make better distance. Other than that, the weather is suppose to be clear, think up to 20 knots, which for here isn't bad at all and having a good time. Out!