(By Correne Coetzer) On Friday February 7th at 01.15am Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere completed their South Pole journey, reported their home team. They set off to the South Pole on October 25th, 2013 from S77° 38' 11.65", E166° 24' 30.24”, Scott’s Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans. Along the way they dropped depots with food and fuel.
Ben and Tarka arrived at the Geographic South Pole (90ºS) on December 26th, the evening at 20.35 GMT, said their home team. The duo turned around and headed back to Cape Evans. On the Antarctic Plateau they ran out of food and received an emergency resupply from ANI/ALE.
On January 4th, Ben reported that they have changed their finish point to the shore of Ross Island, by the New Zealand Antarctic station, Scott Base.
He explained, "It seems a logical - and historically relevant - spot to finish as it's the same point Scott would have aimed for (and the one that Shackleton and Wild reached in late February 1909 before being picked up by boat, as Scott would have been). It's impossible for us to walk from here to Scott's Terra Nova hut as we're at the end of the summer and McMurdo Sound is now open water, just as it was a century ago (though there's also an American icebreaker that burns 4,500 gallons of fuel per hour keeping the Sound ice-free these days too).”
Ben added that the [ALE] aircraft they have chartered to take them back to Chile, could pick them up only on the 8th.
Day 103: S78° 28' 59.05", E168° 30' 28.80”; 23.7 miles
Day 103: S78° 8' 2.40", E168° 14' 19.32”; 24.4 miles
Day 104: S77° 52' 32.34", E167° 24' 47.88”; 25.1 miles
Day 106: S77° 50' 53.88", E166° 46' 15.96"
According to Ben and Tarka, they logged 1,795 miles [2,872 km].
Previously Tarka L’Herpiniere, and his now wife, Katie, had done an expedition on the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Ben Saunders had done a partial Geographic North Pole expedition starting 70 km out from the coast, Cape Arktichevsky, after a helicopter ride to cross open water, and was resupplied.
2013-14 South Pole teams on the ice
Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere, UK, UK/FR, Cape Evans return journey
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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
Hercules Inlet is located at 80°S near Union Glacier, 1130 km from the Geographic South Pole.
The bottom of the Leverett Glacier, at the Ross Ice Shelf, is located at about 85ºS, a distance of 550 km from the Geographic South Pole.
The Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) start is 890 km in a straight line from the Pole.
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.
South Pole of Inaccessibility 2011-12 position:
Geographic South Pole: 90 degrees South
A "solo" ski requires an unassisted status (therefore no supplies carried by pilots or car drivers, or anything received from any person).
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