Stew reported a 15 knot headwind and -47C with wind-chill. Extra layers of clothes were added, as well as pogies and facemasks.
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Henry, weather-beaten, not-feeling-well on Day 56, traversing Antarctica at Titan Dome to the Shackleton Glacier.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Solo traverse skier, camping at 10,403 ft, carving a long list of foods, no resupplies on route.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Devon and his team sorting their resupply in 88S. They were "eating like kings," says Stew, "in -27C and -40C with wind-chill, so fine when we are moving but stood still, it's cold!"
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb /, SOURCE
Antarctica: Skier aborted expedition; cold -47ºC; and 10,400ft topped on Titan Dome

Posted: Jan 12, 2016 01:59 pm EST


(Correne Coetzer, this Antarctic update originally appeared on


Doug Tumminello aborted his expedition. Henry Worsley has still been climbing on Titan Dome. Solo skier Luke Robertson and the four-men team (with 10 wag bags each) are in the last degree of Latitude (110km). Emma says it is 

"Uber tight” to get to Pole before pick-up time.



Events and Expeditions posted by Pythom People on Pythom:


Trygve Norman calls for nominations for The Shackleton Award, closing January 22, 2016. This Award honours outstanding expedition achievements and aims to inspire today’s explorers to new expeditions into unknown territories or conditions. The award is awarded annually to an expedition found to be “real and novel, un-motorized and within polar areas or conditions”. The Shackleton Award Committee consists of renowned international explorers and scientists. Read more on Pythom who the previous winners were and contact Trygve at trygve(at) or mobile +47 9092 4717.


Paco Acedo is calling for a team mate for a Greenland ski or kite-ski expedition. He has already planned everything, he writes, but his team mate had an accident. Read more what he writes here. Email him here subpolar90(at)



Antarctica wrap up January 7-11:


Note: Definitions below according to

assisted = resupplies 

supported = kite/car/skidoo support


HENRY WORSLEY (55) UK, solo, Unassisted Unsupported traverse 1100nm / 2037km, Berkner Island - Geographic South Pole - Shackleton Glacier (Ross Ice Shelf), Started November 13, 2015. South Pole January 2, 2016 (Day 51).


Weather and surface were good. 

On Day 56, Henry had an enforced rest day after a restless night with a very upset stomach. A day of sleep sets him to rights, and Henry set off at midnight till 4pm and covered 16 nautical miles. Still gaining altitude and racing against time, breathing is difficult.


January 9, Titan Dome took Henry over 10,000m, he celebrated crossing into 88 degrees South and Ernest Shackleton, who reached Furthest South at 88° 23’ on the Nimrod expedition on this day in 1909.


Henry is craving a long list of delicious food and is down to last 14 days of freeze dried food.


Day 60 January 11 S88º 18.761, W176º 16.513 Time Travelled 13, Hours Distance, 14.3 Nautical Miles, Accumulated Distance 676.8 Nautical Miles, 

Altitude 10,403 Ft, Temperature -30°C Chill, Wind Speed 3 Mph, Weather Glorious.



LUKE ROBERTSON (30) UK/Scotland, solo, Unassisted Unsupported 1130km, Hercules Inlet to Geographic South Pole, Started December 5, 2015.


Short messages from Luke’s Facebook posted by his home team:

Day 35: at a latitude of 88° 19' 39.24" S, Luke is now well and truly on the Antarctic Polar Plateau. With the gentler gradient of the plateau, he has upped the mileage - skiing over 20 miles in the glorious Antarctic summer sunshine!

Day 36: 88° 36' 55.98" S, he said it's been pretty cold today, but the sastrugi have finally disappeared! Today he skied over 20 miles and now has less than 100 miles 'til the South Pole!

Day 37: 88° 55' 2.04" S, Luke skied over 20 miles today in very challenging and windy conditions.

Day 38: 89° 10' 45.12” S, Last Degrees and it’s still unbelievably cold.



DOUG TUMMINELLO USA, Assisted (emergency supply) Unsupported 1130km, Hercules Inlet - Geographic South Pole, Started December 6, 2015, at 7 pm, skiing for an hour.


After thinking long and hard, talking to Lisa Renee (his wife), praying about the decision, going through multiple calculations and scenarios and talking to ALE, Doug decided to stop upon arrival at Thiels, one of ALE’s resupply points for assisted skiers.


There is a maintained ice runway, cleared and flagged wrote Doug in a report. "There’s also a cluster of weather instruments for the planes, lines of 50 gal. fuel drums, tool and parts containers, a snowcat to maintain the runway, and a sheltered toilet! I’m the only person here so it’s a bit of a ghost town. Of course the wind has returned, maybe 25 mph? Being here is very bittersweet, because it’s as far as I’m going on this expedition."


"My original plan was to take 40-50 days to get to the Pole, which was reasonable. However, the very difficult weather and snow conditions at the outset and my nagging foot injury (it’s still either numb or hurting, depending on the precise point!) slowed me considerably. To make the trip in 50 days, I needed to average 12 nm/day – a doable distance. Unfortunately I’ve been averaging 9.17 nm/day with the two rest days when I was sorting out my broken pot and waiting for the wind to subside. Even without including those rest days, my average has been 9.74 nm/day. I have been going faster since 12/31 – almost 12 nm/day – because of the improved snow conditions. Nonetheless, at this pace, and accounting for the possibility that I could speed up still more, I wouldn’t make it to the pole before the end of January under the best-case scenario. And so far I haven’t experienced any “best cases” on this trip!"


"So – what’s it all mean? I can call the expedition a failure since I didn’t make it to the pole, or even close to the pole. Or I can call it a success since I’m relatively unscathed physically, I’ve been safe, and have had a wonderful adventure on this remarkable continent that few people ever even see. Truth be told, it’s a bit of both. I wish I could have made it to the “end of the earth”, but the real value of the experience will be in what I make of it now, upon returning home. That’s the value of all experience isn’t it – how it informs and shapes you going forward?"


"Was it worth it? Definitely.”


Last location on Doug’s tracker: 1/9/2016 4:07:00 PM  Latitude -85.086118 Longitude -080.776763 Elevation1352m.






Note: Definitions below according to

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


This year's pick-up date is postponed from January 27 to February 3, according to skiers’ reports.




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, 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.





Antarctica: Titan Dome and Katabatic Winds


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


HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)


Ski North Pole 2016: British Trio


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