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christian posted on 01 Dec 2008, 09:38 GMT

DAY 9 – SUNDAY: AND NOW FOR THE POLE!




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ANTARCTICA

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31 km  

1134 m above sea level

Sunny

Antarctica

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(ENGLISH BELOW)På slutten av dagen nådde de ’svingen’ eller waypointet sitt og satte kursen rett mot Sydpolen. Det var et strålende høydepunkt.
Men ellers var dagen tøff. Riktignok var det strålende sol. Men vinden tok seg opp og ga dem en frisk bris rett i trynet gjennom hele dagen. Det betød full ansikts maske og maks beskyttelse. De som var mest begeistret var leppene som jublet over å få en hel dag i skyggen…
At det blåste var vel egentlig ingen stor overraskelse. For overraskelsen er vel egentlig at vinden har så godt som glimret med sitt fravær den siste uken. For på alle store breer blåser det alltid. Det er iskald luft fra platået langt inne som suges mot det varme havet rundt. Disse katabatiske vindene følger terrenget mot kysten og gir Polfarere motvind. Alltid!
Derfor var det brede smil i camp da de igjen hadde klart å legge over 30 km bak seg. 30,8 km for å være nøyaktig. – Lykken lå i de 800 meterne… rensket fra alt i vår hjemmelige verden er det små tuer som er store gleder. Vi har kanskje noe å lære av det?

DAY 9 – SUNDAY: AND NOW FOR THE POLE!
This was a BIG day. Late in the day, they turned at their waypoint and are now heading straight at the Southpole! That felt good.
But it was a hard day. The weather stayed great with not a cloud in sight, But the wind picked up. All they headed straight into a fair gust that made them wear full facial masks for maximum protection. On the positive side this was good news for their still swollen lips.
The wind is no real surprise. The surprise really being the lack of it during the first week. These winds are called catabatic winds. They are a constant factor at huge glaciers where cold air in on the plateau is sucked out towards the warm sea surrounding the continent. It follows the terrain and give Polar Explorers headwind. Always!
Still they managed 30,8 kilometres. They were very pleased with that! The happiness was in the 800 metres! Stripped of all homely decadence, small details give big happiness. We may have a lesson to learn here…?...
Photo: The most important part of their body! There are a few blisters, but nothing to write home about… in great detail at least.


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