Dixie and Sam : Setting a new time zone
Published on 22.01.2012 - Antarctic Ice Expedition
Setting a new time zone means sleeping (or resting) during the day and kiting (or skiing) at night. Here is why the Belgian adventurers have taken such a decision.
The night shift
First it has to be said that Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour have arrived at a turning point of their expedition. From now on they have entered into the Unknown. Very few people have gone around these geographical zones of the Antarctic. Hence, the very scarce information science has about this part of the 6th Continent.
One could have said also that until now Dixie and Sam have gone in the opposite direction (down) of Novolazarevskaya and that from now on they are starting their way back (up) to the russian research base. Here is how Sam and Dixie explain their change of strategy (excerpts of 20 January) : "... We have reached the point in the expedition where all method of travel will be used to progress. All cards are now on the table. We know where they have to be and when they have to be there. And Dixie and Sam are more determined than ever. Thus, the night shift. The wee hours enable them to move forward without the glare of the sun constantly in their eyes. The night hours also allow them to experience slightly warmer temperatures. And their perception is that the wind blows more consistently in the night -we shall see....
- Day 61 - 21 January 2012 / Current Position: 73° 42' 10 S - 124° 07' 18 E / Daily Progress: 21 km / Total Distance: 3850.4 kil.
- Day 60 - 20 January 2012 / Current Position: 73° 49' 55 S - 124° 35' 39 E / Daily Progress: 50 km / Total Distance: 3829.4 km.
- Day 60 - 20 January 2012 / Current Position: 74° 11' 15 S - 125° 30' 34 E / Daily Progress: 65 km / Total Distance: 3779.4 km.
- Day 59 - 19 January 2012 / Current Position: 75° 33' 14 S - 130° 00' 36 E / Daily Progress: 149 km / Total Distance: 3714.4 km.
- Day 58 - 18 January 2012 / Current Position: 75° 33' 14 S - 130° 00' 36 E / Daily Progress: 123 km / Total Distance: 3565.4 km.