Cas and Jonesy : Food rationing has begun
Published on 13.12.2011 - Cas & Jonesy : Crossing the Ice
As the Aussies Justin Jones and James Castrission are now racing the clock, they have also to started the food rationing quite early in the expedition.
The narrative of the Aussies Justin Jones and James Castrission has us on the edge of our seats.
In fact on the positive side, they say that they are physically and mentally allright ("guys are doing well") and that they have their injuries under control. But on the other side, we have this statement on 13 December : "... Last week, Cas’ injuries were incredibly painful and now that he has recovered, it’s Jonesy’s turn to feel the heat. Jonesy’s toes have been causing him grief from very early on in the expedition, however it has only been over the last 10 days that he’s really felt them. A combination of bruising, blisters and pus/boils have all made the daily experience of pulling his boots on and off a dreaded event. In addition, his lack of sleep has left him irritable and sometimes difficult to deal with. If the guys didn’t work so well together, this trip would be an impossible feat. ..."
How long will that entente cordiale will last ? They still have some weeks to go to reach the South Pole (last 7 days, they had only covered 170 km, which is a daily average of approximately 24 km), and after that, they are supposed to do the return trek South Pole > Hercules Inlet as well.
That's probably because there are still so many questions in the air (the injuries, the terrain, the temperature at SP, the winds, their health, the material, etc.) that they have decided to start the food rationing so early.
Like Cas says in one of his updates, "in the Antarctic, solving one problem means you’re presented with another... everything over there is a compromise..."