Audio Dispatch


Hello Aaron in Antarctica, day 47. Camp position South 84 degrees 42 decimal 454 minutes, position West 080 degrees 31 decimal 290 minutes. Time traveled 9 hours, distance 11.7 miles. That's about as good as it's probably ever gonna get. The conditions were super nice today, I can not remember the last time I had 3 good towing sessions in a row, that was so pleasant. This morning was pretty cold, pretty breezy but inconsistant and then things lightened up. There was just enough breeze to keep me cool so I didn't totally roast out and it's pretty amazing, at this point the air is cold enough that I can't even go out without my shell jacket towing at all because that breeze cuts right through my wool shirt, it's kinda rough. I mean it's weird, I feel fine with it on but when the breeze stops it's real challenging to deal with. I'm about 22 miles from the cache, it's suppose to go out tomorrow so hopefully if everything stays exactly the same I'll be ther in 2 days and be reloaded and forged on, that'll be really nice. Kinda going up and down hill right now, I think the elevations about 4,200 feet, I'm quite surprised it's dropped back down this low. I haven't been able to see Thiel Mountains or the Transantarctic Mountains yet, I'm rather surprised about that as well. One unique feature out here is, yesterday I was crossing a bunch of sastrugi fields and I noticed there is an extremely hard edge between the wind blown areas and not wind blown areas, that was actually quite surprising, I have to talk to a couple of the fluent dynamics people I know why that would actually happen, that way considering the landscapes so slow and undulating and the wind didn't seem too severe. Let's see questions that have come in from Peter and Emily Ligotti in Encinitas, How do I plan celebrating when I get to the South Pole? You know honestly I haven't even given that a thought. That's so far from my mind and myself it's still 318 miles away, but if you got any ideas I am all ears. When I'm heading down hill, relatively down hill, do my sleds hit me or carry their momentum? that's from my dad. No unfortunately they do not actually. It leads me into the next question, What do I wish I had with me right now? that's from Joann, actually one of my trip sponsors, thank you very much, out in Salt Lake. What I really wish I had is some repair gear to replace some mounts on my brackets to my skis to Charlie Red and Charlie Blue, my sleds, because then the sleds would actually slide that easy that when I do go down these little hills they would run into me, that actually would make me happy because that actually cuts my drag force. Been thinking about that a lot but without a lot of spare hardware and some serious tools and a bunch of other things, that is not gonna happen unfortunately. Peggy Wilson out of San Diego asked, How do I bathe out here? (laugh) Bathe, what's that? just kidding, actually I enjoy using, after I have my tea, actually use the tea bags when it's actually warm and sunny to wipe myself down, so I ended up smelling like lemon ginsing, english breakfast or camomile. It's actually not too bad, I mean you just mash the water out of it, rub it down, it's absorptive and absorbs some of the grime and oil, not much but I won't complain about it and also I have a camp towel to clean myself down every so aften cause obviously when your powering around you do get pretty greasy that's for sure. Hope everythings going well for everyone, it's the 19th of December. Take care. Out!

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