Henry at the 2016 South Pole marker. Every year, on January 1, a new marker is placed at 90 degrees South [given the glacier moves 10 meters per year]. The marker is designed by US South Pole Winterover staff.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
On his way uphill on Titan Dome, Henry lost a recent tooth implant to a frozen snack bar during a snack break.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Mostafa: "it was all uphill and the wind was blowing 30 miles an hour in our faces all the time, I felt so cold and someone like hitting me all the time in my face. My face was block of ice."
courtesy Mostafa Salameh, SOURCE
Stew Edge in 87 degrees: "[The sastrugi] have continued to get bigger throu=ghout the day with some taking on shapes of boats or whales!=E2=80=9D
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb / Pythom.com, SOURCE
Antarctica: Titan Dome and Katabatic Winds

Posted: Jan 07, 2016 05:42 pm EST


(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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