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Hello Aaron in Antarctica, day 41. My camp position is South 83 degrees 35 decimal 384 minutes, position West 080 degrees 04 decimal 816 minutes. Time traveled 9 hours, distance 11 miles. Still enjoying crippling 3 to 4 inches of 2 day old snow, boy that stuff is just crushing to pull through. Apparently a lot of other teams are suffering through it right now so I don't feel as bad but never the less, I could do without it personally. Travel day not so shabby, there was just a little bit of wind to take the edge off the sun, because here if there is no wind, it is like being in Hawaii in August without the humidity, that sun just burns you to a crisp. Let's see, questions I've had posed to me, how many cravasses have I crossed and didn't look down? When I first got here a couple days in, I had a couple real real small cravasses, I scooted over no problem, I punched them and sure enough I broke through, but that all worked out ok. I haven't been aware visually that I've crossed anymore cravasses, although I've heard heavy womp sounds that I've skied along especially in white outs that I've hit something, that's for sure, it's very very disconcerting, that's for sure. Let's see, someone said give a run down of my daily activities, all righty, I wake up at 6am, write a little bit in my journal, go out usually do a toilet maneuver, I usaully do that twice in the morning. Then I get up make breakfast, and breakfast always consists of cold cereal, powdered milk and cane sugar, there are five different types of organic cereal that I've got in here, I have no idea which ones which and my rule for choosing my daily rations is once you grab it you got it, so if you end up with having two days straight of macaroni and cheese for dinner, that's just the way it works here. So I usually get up at 6 and roll out at 9, I have to get up to do that, eat, usually cause the breakfast has a full stick of butter and then besides the cereal, it takes me a while to eat that, it is really heavy. Then I roll up my air matt, ram down my sleeping bag, jump up and down on that, make sure that I brush my teeth, although I don't comb my hair, always gotta brush the teeth out here or you get wacked. Then I try and roll out by 9, usually takes me, once I get packing the Charlie sled from the moment I start chucking stuff out the door to rolling away it's usually about 40 minutes. Once I get going, in 40 minutes I do, like today I do 6 towing sessions of 75 minutes each. Usually my breaks are 15 minutes, everyday I eat the exact same thing in the exact same order. I eat a Lara bar and butter then a chocolate bar and butter then a Pro bar and butter, then 5 pecan sandies and butter and then the last one are almonds and shot blocks and maybe some butter depending how I'm feeling. Once I'm done at 5:45 to 6 o'clock, I set up camp, usually once I find the site it takes me about 10 minutes to get my tent set up, once I'm rolling, that's assuming good weather conditions. Then I ram it all together and get everything in, my number one priority is getting water made, that takes forever and then getting my boots off, cause my pads of my big toes have been killing me. Then do my sched call in to ALE to let them know where I am and how things are going, do this call, call Kelly my expedition manager and beautiful girlfriend and then try and get to sleep before 10. Out!

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