Martin : “Mother Nature still has control .. like most women in the world !”
Published on 25.12.2011 - South Pole Race 2011/2012 Centenary Race
CEO Tony Martin and his staff are for the moment at the South Pole (20 km away from the AS station), preparing the camp for the arrivals of the EWR competitors.
When Tony Martin writes on 21 December, the day 30 of his voyage, that his team has seen from far two kites making their way towards the SP, they have seen for sure Belgians Dixie Dansercoer and Sam Deltour who arrived at the south pole the next day.
He adds : " ... 100 years ago they used dogs, horses and manpower and today you can see kites and comfortable 6x6 or 4x4 trucks. We have been making many comparisons over the last month regarding Scott and Amundsen’s trips and the one thing that remains constant in this ongoing debate is the men themselves. What drives men and women to look for the remotest and dangerous locations on Earth, then plan, design, organise and execute an expedition to that location? I have been doing this for 35 years and still do not have an answer (nor have I found the meaning of life or the purpose of the human race!). ..."
For the time being the competitors have finally arrived at Novolazarevskaya research base ; according to the press release, they are making preparations to start the acclimatisation phase (how can they can adapt their body being at zero m altitude in Novo ?).
Because of the delayed flights, CEO Tony Martin says that the race will probably start on 3 January instead of the original plan to start on New Years' day.