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christian posted on 24 Nov 2008, 11:00 GMT

DAG 2- SØNDAG: ATTACKING THE CONTINENT




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ANTARCTICA

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21 km  

383 m above sea level

Sunny

Antarctica Patriot Hills

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(ENGLISH BELOW) Den andre dagen ga utrolige 32,4 km. det må være ny verdensrekord I akselerasjon for polare helter. Men, de bedyrer at de tok det myyyye roligere. Hmmmm…
Uansett. De er nå godt innpå det Antarktiske kontinentet. Det betyr en rekke ting. For det første er de allerede oppe på 383 moh etter å ha stertet på 120m I går. I tillegg er det begynt å bli sastrugi. (Russisk or for formasjoner laget av vind og forflytning av sne). De hadde nok håpet å gå noe lengre uten, for disse kan være temmelig trettende og vanskelige å gå i. De kan ble helt opp i flere meter høye, men er normalt som litt for store, knallharde norske skavler.
Er du i godt humør er det som en skulpturpark. Er du i dårlig er det som å gå på ski i en blant opphugde bilder. – Men så langt synes de de ser strålende ut og riktig vakre. – Måtte det vare.
Været var igjen fantastisk og som i går. De hadde vekking kl 06:00 og avgang kl 07:30. Så gikk de 5,5 økter før de slo opp teltet og tok e hel times lunsj. Det var perfekt både som restitusjon og fysisk og psykisk. Så la de inn 5 økter til før de slp camp.
Stemningen var meget god. Alt er fremdeles veldig nytt, så alle gleder seg til mer. Og de håper å følge samme rytme de neste dagene.
De hilser til Mike Fedak og takker for al hjelp med Argosen

DAY 2- SUNDAY: ATTACKING THE CONTINENT
The second day out there produced a stunning 32,4 km. That is probably the fastest acceleration ever in Polar history. But they tell us (tong in cheek?)they did calm down…
Well, they certainly are already battling the elements. The first day gave quite good conditions. And the first halve today likewise. But now well onto the Antarctic continent they have already reaches 383 metres, having started on 120. And after lunch the snow hardened and the sastrugi started to grow! Already.
Sastrugi? Probably not a household name. Sastruga is a Russian word meaning forms created by wind and deportation of snow. It looks like waves on the sea that in a millisecond has frozen still. These waves can have the most beautiful shapes, and be up to several metres. – They are the nemesis of the Polar Explorer. When you are happy and things go well, it is like walking in a modern art museum. Your mind is somewhat gloomy it is like walking in dump yard of used cars where you have to fight your way over each of them….
Anyway, after the explosive start yesterday, they slowed down and got into a better stride. They woke up at 06:00, started skiing 07:30 and went for 5,5 stints before having a full hour break. That is in a tent to give good shelter and both a social and physical break. – Then they put in an extra 5 stint before camp.
The weather was great again. They had hoped for some more time without sastrugi, but even though it made walking more tricky and tiring, all enjoyed them – for now…
They were very happy with progress, and hoped to keep this rhythm for the next days. The tone is very casual and the jokes are flying. It is all very new to them, and the can’t wait to on.
They send a big tank’s to Mike Fedak for all help with the Argos


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