Some good progress from the team these past few days, racking up a distance just short of 50km in the past 2 days! They have however, faced the worst condition on the expedition to date. Borrowing a quote from Polar Explorers’, Lisa Strom, “We are in Sistrugi Hell!”. Conditions are beginning to deteriorate as was expected towards the pole. Air temperatures dropped to a chilling -30°C, but with the wind chill of 13 Knot winds this was more like -44°C!
-45°C was the coldest Bryony expected to ski through; stating a number of times before the expedition, “If it gets below 45°C I’ll be in my sleeping bag, not skiing!”
By my calculations (don’t bet you’re wages on them) the team should make it to the pole between the 19th and 20th, with just over 200km left to ski. The team passed the 88th degree yesterday and camped at 88°8’8”! Not long now!
An update on the fundraising – A big thanks to everyone who has donated to the charities so far! You’ve helped raise £908.67! Now we have a challenge, it would be great if we could get amount donated to charity to at least £1 per km, making the total £1200. So spread the word, tell your friends and family, and support Bryony and these great charities! If you haven’t donated yet and want to find out more, simply head to the charities page and click on “donate”. Any donations are greatly appreciated!
As with every update, new maps are on-line! Also below is a graph showing the teams incline to the pole, measured against distance!
The Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station is 2835m
Thanks everyone for the continued support!
Robert, on behalf of Bryony