Despite difficulties, Bosch is keeping highest spirit

Published on 21.12.2011 - South Pole 1911-2011, Two Men One Goal

Since few days, catalan A. Bosch (who has been deprived of C. Gel since the beginning of the trek) is knackered, exhausted, blown out. No wonder : because of the sastrugis, he has to zigzag all the time, making therefore many more km than the straight itinerary.

A lot of difficulties but spirit remains high

Bad luck for Albert Bosch ! As he has passed the degree 85, he thought (because everyone of the polar specialists of the Antarctic always says so), he thought everything would turn to the better : less sastrugis zones, less cold, better visibility, harder snow, softer terrain, wind decreasing and so on. Consequnetly ; a much better mileage and crossing the 30 km pace every day.

Well no ! He had all wrong... On December 16, he writes that, although he has passed the degree 85 the day before, he still encounters a lot of toughnesses on the way : the visibility of the ground is almost close to nil, and even if he has that day no wind anymore and a better horizon, the snow is too soft and his sledge sinks into it to draw a track of at least 20 cm deep. This factor slows him down a lot of course. That day, he well managed to pull the sled for 3 hours, but after such an effort, he had to give up : too exhausted to continue.

Nevertheless Bosch is keeping his spirit at the highest.

His latest datas

  • 20 December - day 51 : 24.3 done today in 9h45 / Total distance done so far : 733.3 km in a sum of 316.5 hours / Distance to the SP : 423.9 km / Total days moving 36 (32 solo) / Days still : 15
  • 19 December - day 50 : 26.5 done today in 9h30 / Total distance done so far : 708 km in a sum of 306.45 hours / Distance to the SP : 448.2 km / Total days moving 35 (31 solo) / Days still : 15
  • 18 December - day 49 : 25 done today in 9h45 / Total distance done so far : 681.5 km in a sum of 297.15 hours / Distance to the SP : 474.7 km / Total days moving 34 (29 solo) / Days still : 15
  • 17 December - day 48 : 26.4 done today in 9h45 / Total distance done so far : 656.5 km in a sum of 289.5 hours / Distance to the SP : 499.7 km / Total days moving 33 (28 solo) / Days still : 15
  • 16 December - day 47 : 24.8 done today in 10h / Total distance done so far : 629.1 km in a sum of 277.45 hours / Distance to the SP : 526.9 km / Total days moving 32 (27 solo) / Days still : 15
  • 15 December - day 46 : 28.2 done today in 9h30 / Total distance done so far : 604.3 km in a sum of 267.45 hours / Distance to the SP : 540.9 km / Total days moving 31 (26 solo) / Days still : 15

 

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