December 23, 2012December 23, 2012| | 0 Comment
Hello Aaron in Antarctica. Camp position South 85 degrees 27 decimal 483 minutes, position West 081 degrees 50 decimal 032 minutes. Time traveled 9 hours, distance traveled 10.5 miles. I got a good strong 15 to 20 knot head wind, it's really starting to blow snow around which is actually a great birthday gift for me cause that means it's packing everything down. Bad thing of course is the head wind but we'll take it. Amazing how much more that head wind seems to cut in here than it did 2 weeks ago or even 3 weeks ago, man it's quite surprising. Went down a huge hill, I've been going up a huge hill and I'm still on that huge hill. Still can see that Transantarctic mountain range which is totally cool can not complain about that. Things have been going pretty well, doing some gear repair right now, one of my, my right ski, the front edge is quite chewed up to the wood core which is never good, that means water can get in there, fracture and broken ski and instant trip over. Like everything else, oh this happens trip over, this happens trip over, I don't want to do that. I got it all covered in JB weld, actually the ski fits in the tent just perfectly thank goodness I can keep it warm and safe and it doesn't get wet while the epoxy sets up, of course I just rolled over and put my shell pants gooed in it so I'm sure that'll be very nice. Let's see question came in, how did I learn about tea bag baths? There's actually a book out in 2012 called Polar Exploration by a european, this guy has 10 plus years experience, I got quite a few tid bits from there other than him saying to bring a better shovel than the junk I bought. Yea the tea bag bath is actually is really handy. Another question from my mom is how long is summer here and how warm does it get? Summer started yesterday and it'll end on March 22nd or whatever it is. So summer here lasts just like up in the Northern hemisphere, it's just called the Austria summer just like Australia because it's the... So while you guys up in Wyoming in the Northern states are freezing your butts off, we're down here, well if I was in Australia I'd be sittting on the beach toasty warm but down here yea no definitely not. Right now it's probably minus 15, minus 20 outside it can get pretty icy here. On the coast 2 months ago I noticed McMurdo Station was reporting 5 degrees but 1 month ago Vostok Station was reporting minu 40 as the high. So right now I understand Union Glacier is reporting about minus 10 and I expect that once I get to the South Pole I was warned it could still be minus 35 so. Yea the warmest it ever gets is about 5 degrees above zero fahrenheit but in general it stays minus 10 to minus 20 most of the time unless a storm comes in or something so it's definitely not warm that is for sure. One interesting tid bit is the sun rises and the sun sets exactly once a year, so the sun will actually set on March I think it's 22nd on the solstice, so that's the last time you'll see the sun here until September 22nd when it rises so. Exactly one sunset and exactly one sunrise, granted it takes a while but. The sun is about 25 to almost 30 degrees up in the sky where as up in higher latitude would actually be dead over head so it's as high as it gets and now it only gets colder. Out!