This data relates to state of play at end of Thursday January 16th.
Distance travelled: 16 miles
Hours on skis: 8.5hrs
Cumulative distance: 680 miles
Still to go: 25 miles
Of note: It is as if Antarctica is amusing herself by having one last go at thwarting Lewis and Carl. Forecast temperatures for tomorrow (Sat Jan 18th) are now -50C inc windchill. Unbelievably cold – particularly as Lewis said in his phone call yesterday “my body is telling me stop”.
Lewis and Carl will now be longingly scanning the horizon (if they can bear to look up that is, because the icey wind will be belting in their faces) for the first building they will have seen in nearly 7 weeks – the odd looking Amundsen Scott Polar Research base which is located at the South Pole. Normally on an expedition your goal is a remote mountain peak, but in Antarctic expeditions you trek from the remote coast and interior to what passes for civilisation – the bizarre vision of a research station in the middle of nowhere, like a spaceship plonked on the moon. Unlike Scott though fortunately they will not have to contemplate turning around and walking back to their ship at the coast, rather, in due course and weather permitting, a Russian cargo plane will fly them back to base camp on the coast 702 miles away.
But they’ve still got to get there first ….. next news is likely to be either one of the two following scenarios 1] they have made it to the Pole or 2] they are imprisoned by cold and gale force winds in their tent perhaps 10-15 miles away from their goal. We will know which tomorrow, perhaps lunchtime or afternoon (Sat January 18th). As soon as we hear anything we’ll blog the news here.