Three Sails – 17th December 2018

Three Sails – 17th December 2018

December 17, 2018Antarctica

Day Three: 33 miles travelled, 682 miles remaining Today I passed Three Sails, an evenly spaced row of three nunataks mostly submerged in snow. The range lies 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of Haven Mountain at the northwest edge of the Britannia Range and marked the point where I was due to make a slight left to aim for … Read More

Whiteouts – 16th December 2018

Whiteouts – 16th December 2018

December 16, 2018Antarctica

Day Two: 22 miles travelled, 682 miles remaining I knew there would be whiteouts during my expedition. Whiteouts are when the wind whips up the snow, causing blizzards that erase the horizon and create a wall of blurred snow that effectively reduces visibility to zero. I’d mentally prepared for them, knew I’d experience them, but the reality of … Read More

What Goes Up… – 15th December 2018

What Goes Up… – 15th December 2018

December 15, 2018Antarctica

Day One: 11 miles travelled, 704 miles remaining Well, not here! My route to the South Pole is uphill the entire way. Starting at Hercules Inlet, climbing 500 metres sharply before levelling out a little and then a slightly more gentle climb all the way from there. Today was brutal. The 20-25 knots wind blasted at … Read More

Weather Windows – 12th December 2018

Weather Windows – 12th December 2018

December 12, 2018Antarctica

I had finally arrived at Hercules Inlet, the coastline of Antarctica and the official starting point for my unsupported and unassisted solo ski to the South Pole. There were busy few days at base camp, with final preparations and meetings with ALE staff to complete, but the main thing on my mind was the big … Read More

The Top of the Bottom of the World – 5th December 2018

The Top of the Bottom of the World – 5th December 2018

December 5, 2018Antarctica

WE MADE IT! On 5th December at 17.15 Chilean time, we successfully reached the top of the bottom of the world, the highest point in Antarctica and one the Seven Summits – the largest mountains on each of the seven continents. We have conquered Mount Vinson (4892 metres). Saturday 1st December We had several days … Read More

Low Camp – 30th November 2018

Low Camp – 30th November 2018

November 30, 2018Antarctica

Goodbye high winds and hello Low Camp! The weather forecast had much improved so we headed up towards Low Camp, an 800m altitude gain and around a 5hr of roped glacier travel. We left once the sun was hitting most of the route up so we could benefit from a warmer hike up. The temperature … Read More

A Chilled Birthday – 29th November 2018

A Chilled Birthday – 29th November 2018

November 29, 2018Antarctica

Today we’re staying at base camp due to incoming storms higher up the mountain – the 39 knot winds don’t sound pleasant. We had a relaxed day in camp, practicing some rope work and carving out some ice blocks. The camp is on a glacier that is moving downhill around 15-20m a year and, as we’re … Read More

Happy Feet – 28th November 2018

Happy Feet – 28th November 2018

November 28, 2018Antarctica

Another night of no sleep for me, I’m on antibiotics for a gum infection and the insomnia is an unwanted side effect. A little annoying but I’m sure I’ll crash out tonight. We’re still at base camp, located on the stunning Branscomb Glacier with views of Mount Vinson (when the clouds clear!), Knutzen Peak and … Read More

Vinson Base Camp – 27th November 2018

Vinson Base Camp – 27th November 2018

November 27, 2018Antarctica

Not much sleep for me last night, I’m just too excited and also thinking through what lies ahead. I slept in a very comfortable camping bed which I’m trying to savour as the next month of sleeping arrangements won’t be anything close to this luxury. The 24-hour daylight takes some getting used to, but the … Read More

Walk Like A Penguin – 26th November 2018

Walk Like A Penguin – 26th November 2018

November 26, 2018Antarctica

Last minute preparations in Punta took us late into the night, we wanted to make the most of the wi-fi and no matter how organised you are – last minute admin will get you! Mighty (mp3) playlists and audiobooks have been downloaded (Michelle Obama’s biography, a book on historic speeches and Sapiens if you’re interested) … Read More