Henry Worsley: Day 68, couldn't wait to get to bed, after a disheartening day that drains him of all reserves.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Day 69, Jan. 20, S86º 22.597 W177º 44.337, 3.5 nm in 5 hours, Accumulated Distance 794.0 nm, Altitude 9460 ft.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Devon and Stew kiting. " Luckily we can depower and power the kite to the wind strength and ground conditions," says Stew.
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Stew geared up for kiting. "Our speed was up and down due to the terrain, but on top of one of the hills we had a perfect run and we topped 20knots, with the wind from the side. Down the hill on blue ice was another matter and speed was reduced."
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Emma on the cold plateau.
courtesy Emma Tamsin Kelty, SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb / Pythom.com, SOURCE
Antarctica: So Near And Yet So far

Posted: Jan 21, 2016 08:53 pm EST

 

(Correne Coetzer) Unfavorable conditions the last three days (Day 67-69) hampered Henry’s progress. Poor visibility and soft snow drained his reserves, and was clearly audible in his voice dispatches over the satellite phone, with a discouraging report on Day 69.

 

Devon and Stew hit the notorious sastrugi fields in 87 degrees. They had gone out a little more west in the hope of flatter ground but got bigger sastrugi, even bigger than when they skied South. "It was like a frozen ocean with a 3m swell and boy do our knees and legs hurt." 

 

Yesterday the kiters, who are travelling from the Pole to Hercules Inlet, bumped into Carl and Emma, who are skiing to the Pole from Hercules Inlet. 

 

 

Wrap-up January 18-20: Read more on pythom.com

 

 

Other Posts on Pythom

 

Borge Ousland: A Conversation about Cold

 

A New Age Of Discovery? 

 

The Explorers Club Presidential Dinner with Gordon Wiltsie

 

British Exploring appointed a new CEO

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for The Shackleton Reward, open till January 22. Contact Trygve K. Norman at trygve(at)theshackletonaward.com or mobile +47 9092 4717

 

Call for team mate on Greenland

 

 

Previous on Explorersweb

 

Devon, Stew, Mostafa and Shahrom at the South Pole 

 

Eric Philips: 1998-99 Shackleton Glacier to 2015 Queen Maud Land (Pythom Interview)

 

Queen Maud Land, "probably the most fascinating ice and rock landscape of our planet,” says Christoph Hoebenreich

 

 

 

TEAMS: 

Note: Definitions below according to AdventureStats.com:

assisted = resupplies, and 

supported = kite/car/skidoo support

 

UNASSISTED UNSUPPORTED

(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)

 

ASSISTED UNSUPPORTED

resupplies, no kites

 

Carl Alvey (UK, ANI guide), Emma Tamsin Kelty (UK)

Assisted Unsupported 1130km

Hercules Inlet - Geographic South Pole

 

ASSISTED SUPPORTED

resupply, kites

 

Devon McDiarmid (CA, ANI guide), Stew Edge (UK)

Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) - G. South Pole - Hercules Inlet

Traverse: resupply at SP, kite-ski from Pole, 2020km 

 

 

WEATHER MAPS:

http://earth.nullschool.net/

https://www.windyty.com/

 

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.

 

 

Previous: 

 

Solo skier Luke Robertson arrived at the South Pole

 

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 Antarctica skiers:

 

Queen Maud Land, "probably the most fascinating ice and rock landscape of our planet,” says Christoph Hoebenreich

 

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

 

 

Other:

 

Rules, definitions and Stats at AdventureStats.com

 

HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)

 

North Pole 2016: British Trio

 

 

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