Cas & Jonesy : things are very tight…
Published on 08.01.2012 - Cas & Jonesy : Crossing the Ice
Since turning around after their arrival at the SP, Australians Justin Jones and James Castrission have made good progress towards their final destination Hercules Inlet. But they start to be very tired indeed.
Every information coming from Cas & Jonesy's HQ is positive : since they left the SP, they perform between 37 to 40 km each day (which represents a total of 1.386 kil since the beginning of their journey). Of course every day they come down in elevation and the weather conditions have been much better than the ones they encountered on the way to the SP : better terrain, not so much snow, harder ground, less sastrugis, milder temperatures, etc. Plus, they could pick up their last cache on 6 January, with of course an extra weight of 9kg each to their sleds.
But Cas and Jonesy are extremely exhausted now and they will feel even more great fatigue in the days to come because instead of marching 11 hours a day, they will be obliged to push harder -with 897 kil still to cover before 27 January (which means 47 kil a day), they can not even think of taking a single day rest.
Their only and last help for the present time : the many audio books they have taken with them and that keep them entertained during the march!