Alone with the ice, M. Wood starts to love his expedition…
Published on 03.12.2011 - North South Solo Expedition -Leg 2
Strange feeling for expeditioner Mark Wood who (Hercules Inlet > SP and back) : he starts barely to love his expedition after being 12 days on the ice.
Day 6 (26 November) : Latitude: -80.4266 / Longitude: -80.3528 / Temperature: -19°C / Windspeed: 22 mph / distance covered, 8.5 Nm, his shadow is his only company.
Day 7 (27 November) : Latitude: -80.5712 / Longitude: -80.0173 / Temperature: -15°C / Windspeed: 18 mph / in 3 to 4 hours skiing, he has made 9.8 Nm, very hard day.
Day 8 (28 November) : Latitude: -80.7406 / Longitude: -80.1821 / Temperature: -14°C / Windspeed: 2 mph / he has binding problems with his skis, covered 10.6 Nm, almost no wind, very cold temperatures, for the first time, he feels hungry at night (good feeling).
Day 9 (29 November) : Latitude: -80.8699 / Longitude: -80.1347 / Temperature: -15°C / Windspeed: 2 mph / he changed skis, managed to do 7.8 Nm in 5 hours progression, good terrain, lunar landscape, he feels that there is only he and the ice on the entire world.
Day 10 (30 November) : Latitude: -81.0645 / Longitude: -80.0763 / Temperature: -15°C / Windspeed: 8 mph / good day, 11.8 Nm done in 9 hours, he feels much better and the ski bindings repair is ok, tries to push harder each day and concentrates himself on the distance yet to cover.
Day 11 (01 December) : Latitude: -81.2245 / Longitude: -80.0668 / Temperature: -20°C / Windspeed: 5 mph / thanks the satcoms he managed to give a small lecture in a class in the UK at 8.30 am UT.
Day 12 (02 December) : Latitude: -81.2262 / Longitude: -80.0649 / Temperature: -15°C / Windspeed: 3 mph / Closed weather today, complete white out all over, he decided to call it a day and stayed in the tent to do some repairs. He feels stronger every day and starts to love really what he is living down there on this icy world.