January 4, 2013January 4, 2013| | 0 Comment
Hello Aaron in Antarctica, day 63. Camp position South 87 degrees 42 decimal 198 minutes, West 082 degrees 36 decimal 470 minutes. Time of travel 9 hours, distance only a poultry 7.5 miles. I have not done that since day 28, It's kinda crushing. I've been told that the sastrugis another 2 to 4 days depending on how it goes for me and well uh (laugh) great, I was told it's kind of a self imposed purgatory pushing a boulder up a hill. But I woke up in sustrugi ground for 8 hours in sastrugi, had a partial ground white out blow through with clouds and a 25 plus knot wind in my face so, between all those I actually got blown off course a half mile so I need to correct that tomorrow. Oh man, wish it was a little bit better but. I'm getting this new clothing system dialed in for the new temperature and wind condition, it's a little bit tough, it doesn't take but the slightest unzip of your jacket and inch or 2 and you go from over heating to freezing, it's kinda crazy. So that's kind of Antarctica where you take a lot of punishment that's for sure. Hey mom the pogies are actually working ok but they're holding up just fine, I just desperately wish I would have put some velcro on like you suggested cause when the winds really strong the the up wind one just keeps blowing right down, it drives me nuts. Let's see, Aunt Nancy, I look forward to the steak and peas at the Silver Dollar believe me. Hello to all the staff at the Wort Hotel, thank you very much for keeping up and following me through my odyssey and expedition in Antarctica, it's quite a good time here. My cousin Teresa daughter Elora, mentioned that some of the students at Southwest High School are following my expedition now, that's my alma mater, I graduated in 1992, can't believe it's already been 20 plus years, that is so crazy. And I don't know if they're still up in the auditorium, gymnasium there but if you look up and see 1992 CIF championship volley ball, I was part of that team and helped us win it against Bonita back in those days. I don't know if there are any photos left there from that time, you can actually find me in some of those pictures. Definitely good memories to come back to, I really miss those easier days in school, you think they're tough now but believe me, when you got a cranky boss breathing down your neck daily and projects or whatever to get done, boy that's uh I don't know, enjoy it while you can in the school and maybe if there's a chance I'll be able to come and give a talk or two in some of the classes there if you guys are interested. My dad also asked me to explain compass declination, right now the compass is at, in Antarctica, actually point to, not the geographic South pole but a point off the coast of Antarctica, probably I'm guessing 900 miles away, so right now if I don't correct for that instead of pointing south my compass actually will point southwest, so if I didn't correct for that error. I would actually end up about 120 miles away from the Pole if I kept on that way. Also, the geographic or geomagnetic North Pole is not at the North Pole either so between those two oddities of the magnetic pole being off the coast of Antarctica you really have to be careful about messing that up, currently my declination is at 45 degrees so it's way off. It doesn't take much to mess you up and the compass is very floaty down here, the magnetic field is quite weak so, takes a little bit of effort to use. Hope all is well. Out!