Home Again

on Thursday, 04 February 2016

Home Again
After 36hours at Union Glacier we flew out on an Ilyshin II-76 cargo plane sat in jump seats, surrounded by strapped down cargo. The noise from the engines was immense and temp inside -20C but...

Day 48 - An epic last day

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 48 - An epic last day
What an epic last day! We woke at 5am knowing that with good winds we could cover the last 109nm and maybe be back in Union Glacier for dinner. The day started well with 12knots winds and soft...

Day 47 - Soft snow

on Monday, 25 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 47 - Soft snow
Finally we have left the hard sastrugi and found the promised soft snow in 82degrees South. What a difference it makes, to be able to glide along rather than bumping over the top of ice. We made...

Day 46 - Whiteout

on Sunday, 24 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 46 - Whiteout
The day started with the forecast of snow, but with sunshine and very light winds. It was so light we only travelled 8nm in the first two hours. The cloud then came in and brought a bit more wind...

Day45 - Hard graft to 83 South

on Saturday, 23 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day45 - Hard graft to 83 South
A hard day today! A whole degree of sastrugi. All the lovely soft snow we had on the walk in has been sculpted by the wind into hard ridges and shapes one to two feet high and they are everywhere....

Day 44 - Two Whisky shots

on Friday, 22 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 44 - Two Whisky shots
Epic day! We got up at 5am as the wind filled in and were on our kites and skis by 7am. We had a steady 12knot wind and with good terrain we were motoring. 86south is a hilly degree and the winds...

Day 43 - Wind and blue ice

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 43 - Wind and blue ice
Great wind to start the day, about 10knots and front behind us. We had some large sastrugi for the first mile or so then some hills which had large patches of blue ice! Not fun to ski on! Our speed...

Day 42 - Nearly through sastrugi

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 42 - Nearly through sastrugi
We set off on the 14's again with a good breeze but slowly and keeping the kites high to lift us over the sastrugi. It was slow going as we have to weave around the rough stuff and then use the...

Day 41: Sastrugi and knees‏

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 41: Sastrugi and knees‏
We started off with light winds again on our 14m and made good progress through the first half of 88. The wind dropped and changed direction from coming across our aft quarter to directly behind....

Day 40 - Let's go fly a kite

on Sunday, 17 January 2016 by Stew Edge

Day 40 - Let's go fly a kite
A beautiful day, -29.6C and a light 6knot breeze. We had our 14m Frenzy kites up on long 50m lines and had to work them hard to get any distance today. The wind did pick up to 10knots for 2 hours...

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