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Team members: Ian Evans, Andy Styles, Bradley Cross and PolarExplorers guide Keith Heger.

This blog will follow our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition, skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole using the "Messner Route." Check back regularly for updates from the team!

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Saturday, 29 November 2014 02:13

Climb On

The team climbed for what felt like all day. Weather was sunny all day with the wind building to 15kt that died at the end of the day when the team made camp. 12.5 nautical miles over 8.5 hours of travel. Not too shabby for a day's work. At the time of the Keith's report the temperature was -17°C with 5kt wind. elevation 1975ft.

Check out a photo of our boys on the Ronne Ice Shelf.

Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00

Toughest day, low light

Today the team reports the toughest day so far, with very low visibility and an ascent of 400 feet. This brings their elevation to 1670 feet. Skiing in low visibility is challenging in more ways than one.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

Happy Thanksgiving to our Team

The guys have enjoyed another great day of progress toward the pole. The day began cloudy but cleared up in the afternoon. The team covered 12 nautical miles over 8.5 hours of travel in -12°C temperatures. As you can see in their photo, the men are in good spirits and we are thankful for it.

More to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:37

Nice weather but rougher snow conditions

Our team reported in today that they had another great day. They covered 12 nautical miles with clear skies and a temperature of -13 C. There was slightly more wind today with the average being 3 kts from the south.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:30

Day One on the Trail

The team had a great day today. They covered 13 nautical miles and gained 300 ft. of elevation in 8.5 hours of travel. The weather is clear and calm with unlimited visibility. Temps were hovering around -10°C and the guys were actually getting a little hot while skiing. Spirits are still high and the team is ready to get back at it tomorrow.

Listen to Keith as he recaps yesterday.

Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

The Expedition is Finally Underway

The team is finally on their way! They were dropped off at 5:30pm today and decided to ski for a bit before making camp for their first of many nights on the trail. The temperature was -10 C and calm with some wispy clouds high up. Today the team covered 1.7 nautical miles.

All members are very excited to finally be underway and anxious to put on some real mileage tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, 23 November 2014 01:19

Arrived at Union Glacier

The guys left Punta Arenas this morning at 10am and arrived at Union Glacier Base Camp at 2:20pm. It is a Beautiful day at base camp. No wind and a temperature of -11C. Tents are up and they are settling in. The team plans to head out tomorrow for an overnight gear shakedown and return the following day to depart for the Messner route starting point. Stay warm and stay tuned!

Friday, 21 November 2014 23:06

Up Up and Away... Soon

Nothing left for the team to do now but sit on their hands and wait for the flight to Antarctica. After a meeting today, hopes are high that the weather will allow a flight tomorrow to Union Glacier Base Camp on an Ilyushin IL76. Check out a video of the plane they will be flying on here.

The team is in high spirits, but anxious to trade their shoes for boots and skis. We'll keep you posted as the flight developments arise.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:20

The Calm Before the Craziness

The team phoned in today that they are all done with the hard work... the hard work of packing, that is. Their kit has been sorted, re-sorted, packed just the way they want it, weighed and collected.  Now they can relax, eat some good food and visualize the journey ahead.
 
As you can see from the photo of Andy they are all about business with little room for pleasure. In reality they are having a great time and they feel good about their progress so far. Tomorrow they have a final meeting with the logistical support crew and a social hour in the evening with other people who will be on their flight to Antarctica.
 
Our fingers are crossed that the weather will hold for their flight on Friday! Make sure to listen to the audio update from the team (they each say hello and they are EXCITED!). Congrats to Ian for winning the "guess the weight contest". Unfortunately the call cuts out just as Bradley introduces the "Uber, excited, and already practicing his walking, Andy Styles!
 
We will have to catch Andy's update next time.
 
 
Check back again soon!


(Haven't met the team yet? Read their bios here)

Monday, 17 November 2014 14:52

Off and Running

The team reported in late yesterday. Everyone eagerly waiting in Punta Arenas and making their final preparations for travel to Antarctica. The cargo has been unpacked and organized. All are double and triple-checking their personal kit and trimming it down to the essentials for thriving (not just surviving) the long days of skiing ahead. Stay tuned for audio updates as the expedition progresses, and enjoy a picture of Ian Evans (who will be the oldest Canadian to ski the full distance to the South Pole).

Tomorrow the team will continue packing and spend some time shopping to round out their lunch supplies for the entire expedition.

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