Antarctic wrap-up: Eric Larsen, Dongsheng Liu and Bill Hanlon at the South Pole

Posted: Jan 08, 2010 02:44 pm EST

Eric, Bill and Dongsheng reached the South Pole, spent less than 24 hours there and flew back to Patriot Hills.

Cecilie and Ryan were gaining altitude on Titan Dome beyond the South Pole.

Unassisted, Unsupported

Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters
Berkner Island Start


On 5 January, Day 54, Ryan reported they were nearing one of the more difficult sections of their journey.

We are camping at 3019 m above sea level and are still climbing! We are getting on to the Titan Dome. A high, cold, and so far cloudy rise, near the pole. We respect this section for what it could bring in the way of harsh elements.

Ryan continued, This is largely a mental game now. Sure we are tired, hungry, and all that but keeping the positive vibes is most important. We have food yet dream of all types of things we miss.

Overall things are still very good from up here, two sleepy skiers.

Position 5 January: 88.4686S, 164.4203W

Meagan McGrath solo, Patriot Hills

Meagan answered a lot of questions in her voice reports. She says she sets goals for herself every day and no matter the conditions she achieves them.

Assisted, Unsupported

Eric Larsen (guide), Dongsheng Liu and Bill Hanlon Hercules Inlet

Eric reported that they were at the South Pole for less than 24 hours when an ALE Bassler DC-3 landed and flew them back to Patriot Hills.

In a little over three hours we traveled over most of our route that we had been snailing our way across for almost two months. It was humbling to say the least.

Coming back to ALE's Patriot Hills camp was a great relief. There was a big feast and we gorged ourselves. Happy and replete with good food and good friends, we slept long into the next day.

Eric added, Despite our relaxed demeanours, eating with knives and forks, changing our underwear, it was a little bittersweet to be finished. Our journey to the pole was so physically, mentally and emotionally intense that to be instantly removed from that situation is shocks the system. I am still reeling trying to figure it out all out.

The team was two days at Patriot Hills before the Ilyushin flew them out to Chile.

With reaching the South Pole, Eric Larsen reached the first goal of his Save the Poles project. He aims to reach the Three Poles in 365 days.

Links to ski teams:

Unassisted, Unsupported

Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters (Norway and USA) Berkner Island Start

Meagan McGrath (Canada) Patriot Hills

Morten Grundsøe and Jens Erik Nielsen (Denmark) Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf / Messner Start

Assisted, Unsupported

ANI Hercules Inlet team Eric Larsen (guide, Canada), Dongsheng Liu (Canada) and Bill Hanlon (Ireland/Canada)

Julio Fiadi (Brazil), Hercules Inlet Start, no updates

Kaspersky Commonwealth team Felicity Aston (United Kingdom, leader), Dk Najibah Eradah binti P. A. M. Al-Sufri Pg M-L Kahar or Era (Brunei Darussalam), Stephanie Solomonides (Cyprus), Helen Turton (UK), Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu (India), Kim-Marie Spence (Jamaica), Kylie Wakelin (New Zealand) and Sophia Pang (Singapore) Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf / Messner Start

ANI Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf team Hannah McKeand (guide, UK) and Arnold Witzig (Swiss/Canada)
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Eric Larsen, Dongsheng Liu and Bill Hanlon at the South Pole. Live image courtesy of ericlarsenexplore.com (click to enlarge)
Cecilie near Titan Dome - A high, cold, and so far cloudy rise, near the pole. Live image over Contact 4.0 courtesy of Ryan Waters/ humanedgetech.com/expedition/an2009 (click to enlarge)
Adventurers walking towards the Ilyushin at Patriot Hills, to be flown back to Chile. Live image courtesy of ericlarsenexplore.com (click to enlarge)

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