November 28, 2012November 28, 2012| | 0 Comment
Hello Aaron in Antarctica. November 27th 2012, day 25. Camp position South 81 degrees 20 decimal 869 minutes, position West 080 degrees 58 decimal 807 minutes. Movin along ok today, 7 miles in 9 hours, didn't feel nearly as bad. The surface was really soft, it wasn't softly fallen snow but wind packed snow I can punch my baskets of my ski pole in almost 4 inches as I was poling along so, definitely not an optimal surface, not a lot I can do about that but you know, that's ok. Um I actually felt pretty good, the first 2 sessions are really rough, I finished them and I was wasted so I decided to throttle it back and not do jack rabbit start for the last 4 sessions and felt a lot lot better, granted it wasn't as much ski but I wasn't wasted. So I think I can eek out probably another half mile to a mile tomorrow as long as the condions stay the same as this morning, probably 20 knot head winds and pretty over cast is difficult to see the surface, in the afternoon it broke open so. As long as that condition fairly holds tomorrow I should be able to eek out just a little bit more. I'm moving ok just not exactly warp factor 8. But things are going pretty well past that. The shovel repair is going well, I'm 3 holes away from converting it from a neolithic scooper to something a modern man might actually bother to use. I'm gonna actually put 2 screws in the thing instead of 1, cause if something else breaks I'm totally toast and I'd rather spend a little more time and beef it up. Speaking of that, the polar thigh guards are working really well with that new sewn in seat, the one problem I have now is I actually over heat even with my legs in the shell pants totally undone. So uh yea (laugh) which problem do you want to have? I'd rather not take the cold injury personally. So what I'm gonna do is knock out one pair of long johns tomorrow so I don't freeze my back side off, we'll see how that goes and maybe that'll allow me to power up, cause otherwise once you start over heating man you gotta take your parka hat off and then the fur rough doesn't keep the wind out and it blasts your face, burns your skin and you wanna unzip your jacket but it burns your stomach even though I got a, even though I've got the polar thigh guards stomach guard up and a fleece jacket as a apron protecting against the wind, it still burns your stomach so. It's really a battle to not to get wrecked here that's for sure. Let's see, todays Antarctic tid bit, random silence, it is always windy here, I think of the 25 days here I've had maybe one and a half days of no wind where it's just dead. Right now it's super super calm, I mean the tent is just barely ruffling, so when you go outside, silence is unreal. No matter how much you yell, no matter how much you clap your hands, nothing happens. Quite fascinating. One thing to please check in is stop by my website and check out the link to gonedigging.net. The guy that runs that over there, Doug Bradstreet, has some of the best mineral and fossil specimens I've ever seen. His shark teeth are by far the best in the sales network, they've got the little dent in them and they're perfect samples. Usually when you order from him, he ships in one day. And as this is the holiday season, it might be worth stopping by to go check out the products and see what there is to see. Again, just stop by my website, click on the sponsors link and check out gonedigging.net. You definitely won't regret it and some great gift ideas. Thanks! Out!