Here is our report for the 10th of January. Our current position is S88˚17’10”, W95˚26’57”.
It’s been yet another rough day with difficult conditions. The wind is about the same as yesterday, but temperatures have dropped to around –25˚C. It has been a demanding day for most us, where the altitude, wind and cold have made the going miserable. But the most serious thing is that one of the expedition members has frostbite on both thumbs and several fingertips. As soon as we discovered that, we pitched camp. That’s why today’s distance is limited to 11 km.
Fortunately the frostbite does not appear to be deep. It seems only the skin is damaged, although it will surely become more painful soon. Now the critical challenge is to make sure that he doesn’t suffer any more frost – he must protect his fingers and hands as well as possible. We’ve given him a pair of large reserve mittens, which have lots of space inside, creating an extra pocket of insulating air around his hands. And we’ll follow developments closely. Our hope is that the wind calms down – and it will, hopefully already tomorrow. It’s abating slightly even as we speak.
This was unfortunate news at the end of the day. The wind out here on the Antarctic Plateau makes it difficult. Today has been a struggle. Nevertheless spirits are high, and our comrade with frostbitten fingers is determined to continue. As we press on, we adjust our clothing and equipment to the best of our abilities. Our goal is to reach the Pole – but not regardless of the cost. We’re taking good care of each other and making sure everyone will remain safe and in good health.
Britt reading in the tent at the end of a rough day. Checking frostbitten fingers.View 1 comments