(Correne Coetzer) While the North Pole experienced ice-melting high temperatures the past days, the South Pole skiers were stopped in their tracks by too cold katabatic winds.
For Henry Worsley, who is heading North from the South Pole, it is not downhill yet, he still has to get across Titan Dome, the highest area on his route. Titan Dome rises to just above 10,000 ft but Henry hopes to avoid that area.
Some teams are racing against time to get to the South Pole before the cut-off date.
Wrap-up January 3-6: Read more on pythom.com
Note: Definitions below according to AdventureStats.com:
assisted = resupplies, and
supported = kite/car/skidoo support
(no resupplies, no kites)
Henry Worsley UK solo
Unassisted Unsupported traverse 1100nm / 2037km
Gould Bay, Berkner Island - Geographic South Pole - Shackleton Glacier (Ross Ice Shelf)
Luke Robertson UK, Scotland solo
Unassisted Unsupported 1130km
Hercules Inlet to Geographic South Pole
resupplies, no kites
Doug Tumminello USA
Assisted (emergency supply) Unsupported 1130km
Hercules Inlet - Geographic South Pole
Carl Alvey (UK, ANI guide), Emma Tamsin Kelty (UK)
Assisted Unsupported 1130km
Hercules Inlet - Geographic South Pole
Devon McDiarmid (CA, ANI guide), Stew Edge (UK), Mostafa Salameh (Jordan), Shahrom Abdullah (Malaysia)
Assisted Unsupported 890km
Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) - G. South Pole
Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
79° 45'S, 083° 14’W elev 708m
Lat: -79.760591 Lon: -82.856698
Hercules Inlet is located at 80°S near Union Glacier, 1130 km from the Geographic South Pole.
The Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) start is 890 km in a straight line from the Pole.
Novolazarevskaya to South Pole of Inaccessibility (POI) is 1610 km in a straight line.
South Pole of Inaccessibility (POI)
2011-12 position: S82°06.696, E055°01.951 (Copeland/McNair-Landry)
On Dec. 14, 2014 Frédéric Dion reported the position the POI (at Lenin’s bust) as S82º 06.702' E55º 2.087' at an elevation of 3741 m.
Geographic South Pole (GSP): 90 degrees South
According to the Rules of Adventure at AdventureStats.com, to claim a “solo" achievement requires an unassisted status - therefore, no supplies carried by pilots or car drivers, or anything (food, fuel, etc) received from any person along the way. A solo person may be wind supported (kites/sails). Note that the Polar Rules were compiled by early Norwegian and British Polar explorers and are maintained today by the current community of veteran polar skiers.
1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km
1 nm = 1.151 miles
1 knot = 1.852 km/h
1 degree of Latitude is 110 km / 60 nm / 70 miles
Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet
A nunatak is a top of a mountain visible above the snow surface.
Henry Worsley at the South Pole
Christmas on Antarctica Hundred Years Ago
Antarctica: medical air drop, and notorious sastrugi fields
Must-Watch: ’Melting: Last Race to the Pole,’ an Animal Planet show
Antarctica current: After the Great Hoax, What's Next for Szwed?
Eric Philips solo kite-ski Queen Maud Land 2015, "a discovery trip"
Behind the Scenes… Organizing a Polar Expedition, by Newland
The first Ilyushin flight has landed at Union Glacier (check video)
South Pole new ski route: Call for mates (2016-17 season)
South Pole Expedition List
Interviews with 2015-16 South Pole skiers:
Interview with Mostafa Salameh: Islam, Palestine, Peace and the South Pole
Meet Devon McDiarmid and his South Pole team
Meet Carl Alvey and his South Pole team - Hercules Inlet route 2015-16
South Pole solo ski interview with Doug Tumminello
Antarctic solo traverse: Henry Worsley talks from Punta Arenas
From Serious Surgeries to Hercules Inlet: Luke Robertson solo ski to South Pole
Shackleton’s leadership skills, by Henry Worsley
Rules, definitions and Stats at AdventureStats.com
HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)
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