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



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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





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)



resupplies, no kites


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

Assisted Unsupported 1130km

Hercules Inlet - Geographic South Pole



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 







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.





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


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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





Rules, definitions and Stats at AdventureStats.com


HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)


North Pole 2016: British Trio



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