What I constantly re-learn is to make the sled as light as possible, [] and I have learned to make lunch a big meal during the day. Image courtesy of cecilieskog.com (click to enlarge)
Our treat is some home made cookies from Rolf´s mom and from Ryan´s Grandma Grace. Image over Contact 4.0 courtesy of humanedgetech.com/expedition/an2009 (click to enlarge)
I have designed new skis for women with Åsnes. They are lighter and has less camber, making them ideal for a lighter person to ski and pull a sled. Image courtesy of cecilieskog.com (click to enlarge)
ExWeb interview with Cecilie Skog, Rolf is gone. But not my dreams and I hold on to those dreams really tight

Posted: Oct 21, 2009 02:11 pm EDT
(ThePoles.com) Next month Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters will be skiing 1300 km unassisted, unsupported from Berkner Island to the South Pole, and time permitting, beyond.

In August last year Cecilie lost her husband, Rolf Bae, while they were climbing K2. The last 15 months have been very hard, Cecilie said to ExWebs Correne Coetzer.

Rolf is gone. But not my dreams and I hold on to those dreams really tight. I still dream about sleeping in tents, journeys, blowing wind, and moments that make me feel really alive. I am really glad that I am going to have a white Christmas this year. <cutoff>

Among other expeditions, Cecilie and Rolf skied to both Poles back to back without airdrops or kites.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> Antarctica is not new to you, but this route is. What would your biggest challenge be on this route?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> I am not quite sure yet, the heavy sled weight at the beginning and if we have heavy snow on the coast. Also right now it is a challenge to put on extra weight.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> How do you feel about going back to Antarctica?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> I am looking forward to it very much, I am excited to have more time to ski and see more of Antarctica.

I hope to have enough days to ski down the Axel Heiberg Glacier, where Amundsen travelled 100 years ago on his south pole trip and where Rolf and Eirik skied down on there crossing in 2001.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> Tell us about your food? Do you take special treats?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> We have about 1 kilo of food each per day. Around 6000 calories and mostly freeze-dried. Our treat is some home made cookies from Rolf´s mom and from Ryan´s Grandma Grace.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> You have designed new skis for women. Tell us more about them pls. Will you be using them on this expedition?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> Yes I have designed new skis for women with Åsnes. They are lighter and has less camber, making them ideal for a lighter person to ski and pull a sled. I used them to cross Greenland this past Spring and I will use them on the Antarctica trip as well.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> Several Norwegians have skied from Berkner Island. Who gave you advice about the route? What did you learn from them?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> I have good friends that have done it and it has simply been a dream of mine to ski that route.

<i><b>ExplorersWeb:</b> What did you learn from previous expeditions on the ice and on Antarctica that you would apply here? Will you be doing something different than previously?</i>

<b>Cecilie:</b> What I constantly re-learn is to make the sled as light as possible, time and time again I must tell myself that and I get better each trip.

And when it comes to food, I have learned to make lunch a big meal during the day instead of emphasizing breakfast and dinner. And to drink a lot during the day..... not sure if I have really learned that yet.

<i>Everest summiteers Cecilie Skog (Norway) and Ryan Waters (USA) will be skiing unassisted, unsupported from Berkner Island to the South Pole, a distance of 1300 km, and time and weather permitting beyond the Pole to Axel Heiberg Glacier. They will be sending dispatches over Contact 4.0 from Antarctica.

Cecilie Skog was born in 1974 and lives in Stavanger, Norway. When not on expedition she is involved in lots outdoor related activities. Her hobbies are buying shoes, drinking coffee with the girls, climbing, sailing, yoga and more. Cecilies favourite movie is Dirty Dancing and she likes Pink Floyds music. As for food she likes to eat anything spicy

Cecilie has written two books. The latest is about Rolfs expeditions and adventures, Til Rolf, Tusen fine turer og en trist.

She is a trained nurse by profession and studied outdoor education at the high school in Volda. Cecilie has many years experience as a mountain guide both in Norway and abroad working as a glacier expert.

On August 1st 2008, Norwegians Cecilie Skog and Lars Naesse summited K2 at 5.20 pm and hurried down to Cecilies husband Rolf Bae, who had stopped 300 ft below the summit. Three hours later a serac broke off. Cecile and Lars watched the light of Rolf's head torch disappear. Rolf and the fixed rope were gone.

It was a shock: Rolf was very well known in the Polar community for a spectacular Antarctic crossing he made with Eirik Sønneland from Toll Base (Dronning Maud Land) to Scott Base. Cecilie joined in for unsupported trips to both poles and the couple also began to frequent Himalaya before disaster struck.

Slowly Cecilie has come back to life: latest with a Greenland crossing in May and next with a return to Antarctica.</i>
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