Distance travelled: 19 miles (best yet!)
Time on skis: 9 hours
Cumulative distance: 470 miles
Distance still to go: 232 miles
Of note: report to basecamp “Long day, long miles”. Despite their recent battle with the sastrugi, Lewis and Carl are yet to enter the biggest sastrugi field, which is most of latitude 87 (each degree of latitude is 60 nautical miles or about 70 normal or ‘statute’ miles). They have that to look forward to in about 2 days, in the meantime they are making remarkable progress in good weather and slightly better terrain. Lewis says he has lost a lot of weight (we have let him know we’ ve bought him a 5kg! jar of Nutella for when he gets home).
Photo shows Ernest Shackleton. 2014 is a big year for Shackleton enthusiasts. The centenary of his epic Antarctic expedition turned survival story is this year. One hundred years ago he set out to conquer Antarctica but his ship, the Endurance, got stuck in the ice (sound familiar?). Although he never made it to the Pole, he showed remarkable leadership and, in a most incredible tale of survival with a full two years spent in Antarctica, he managed to save every single one of his men. You probably know the story, but if not there are excellent books and films recounting it.