Yes! We managed to progress another 27.4 kilometres today. That is not bad, even though the struggle became more visible toward the end of the day. We are halfway and on schedule. It’s incredible if we manage to make it in four days. As far as I know, that will be a new record for “the last degree”.
We are enduring, pushing on, and will do our utmost to reach the South Pole the day after tomorrow. I am very impressed by how well these two youngsters are managing. They are, of course, in excellent shape; but there are two additional factors that make our fast pace possible. First of all, we are well acclimatised to the altitude. Second, the equipment is working out really well.
Believe it or not, this is the first time Nicholas and Clèmence have cross-country skis on their feet! That experience or lack of it clearly counts less than one might expect. Far more important is for the expedition participant to be in good shape, have stamina, and have a can-do attitude that lasts all day. I mentioned acclimatisation and equipment. The last factor is incredibly important. In my opinion the equipment we have along for this journey, which comes from truly excellent producers, is the best that I have ever … (satellite connection fades)View 1 comments