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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Woohoo! All our food and much of our kit for our South Pole expedition season is on its way to Chile. Over 200 kg of high calorie food made up the bulk of the cargo. When we get to Punta Arenas we will be repacking and organizing the food into rations that will be dropped to the expedition.
In a little over one week the first team members will head to Chile. Everyone will gather in Punta Arenas on November 16 to kick off the expedition.
Make sure to check back on the 16th for the official start of this blog. And don't forget to meet the team members here.
Meet the hearty team members of our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition.
How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that this expedition was more than a year off. Now it is just around the corner!
Our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition using the Messner Route will kick off in Punta Arenas on November 16. After several days of preparations the team will depart for Antarctica on November 21.
We invite you to follow their progress, hear about their triumphs and struggles and learn about Antarctica!
This blog will officially start on November 16, 2014, so check back soon!