November 30, 2012November 30, 2012| | 0 Comment
Hey there Aaron in Antarctica, Day 28. Camp position South 81 degree 40 decimal 685 minutes, position West 081 degrees 06 decimal 810 minutes. Distance 7.5 miles time 9 hours. Oh my gosh what a rager, or almost a rager, if I knew the wind was gonna get that bad today, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of the tent. It wasn't too bad in the morning, maybe 15, 20 knots, the sky was clear, the sun was out. I thought I better crack it and see what I can do about this thing. So, got out started going, about an hour into it I noticed the horizon got hazy, and that is not fog here folks, that means that the wind is really picking up and yanking that snow off and throwing it around. So as soon as I saw that I knew I was gonna be in for a wallaper and it probably got up to I don't know 40 knots and at the highest 50 knots, usually I consider that a rager down here anything above 50 knots. How do I know it's 50 knots, well get up to freeway speed, stick your head out and that's what it feels like. Once the snow goes from ground blizzard to start kicking into the air, that's the absolute edge I can tollerate then it becomes difficult to breathe. Above that, when you got a tent set up and you've got a block wall to defend you, block being snow, above that level of wind actually tears apart your wall. I had that happen a couple weeks ago, oh my that was scary. So definitely butt kicking conditions, so I was actually pretty happy about the mileage, I was hoping for anything above 6. Also the surface conditions are still soft, the snow there isn't as bad it's been patches but it's just all over so. Been going along, can't figure out where my sleds were dragging at, I look at my skis and they're actually an inch or 2 inches of snow so, my sleds aren't going to do any better that's for sure, oh my gosh, Right now I'm running on solar again so that's kinda nice, takes the pressure off the battery situation. I don't know, not too shabby. Let's see what else do we got here, Oh yea yea, Antarctic tid bit, talking about wind, something you have to have here is a fur rough around your hood, that thing creates this little neat micro climate where all of a suddden it doesn't seem windy outside at all and yet you yank that hood off and it is roaring. Fur people aren't all into that, California of course, but when your down here, it is an absolute must, you can not live without that fur rough. Everything went well, actually the wind got so strong I started to feel it come through my boots and that was a surprise, I've never had that happen before so I knew it was pretty severe. Speaking of my boots, they're actually working quite well compaired to last year, last year my heals got shredded and bloodied. So this past summer I stopped by Jackson Hole Boot and Shoe Repair over on North Cache, mountain side of town, and Bill Dillon there he actually set me up with a sponsorship and got my boots all upgraded and repaired and now they're working much much better. Actually I went to a couple shops in San Diego, three clowns, and they suggested, "hey we'll just line that thing with carpet" or the best one was, "hey just stuff a bunch of cotton balls in the toes, that works every time", I was like, "are you kidding me, I'm trying to a thousand plus miles and you want me to stuff cotton balls in the toes" yea yea yea, no no no we're fine. So thank goodness for Jackson Hole Boot and Shoe Repair, oh man he saved my butt, now the heels aren't shredded and everything works well. Stop by and tell him I sent ya.