And they’re off!

Published on 28.11.2008 - IceCold in Antarctica

The members of the expedition, accompanied by their guide, set out from base camp on 24th November.

These up-and-coming explorers, highly motivated by the humanitarian targets they have set themselves, began their trek gently. They covered 12 km in 4.5 hours on day one and 18 km in 6 hours the following day. The distance they cover every day should begin to increase as they get used to the conditions. Their aim is to be travelling for 8 hours a day, with short breaks of a few minutes each hour to rest and have a little snack.

The team members are getting on very well with one another, discovering the polar landscape as they go: "The view before us is like an endless horizon. The emptiness can be crushing sometimes, with the summit of a mountain, way off in the distance, as the day's big attraction!" they report.

They are scheduled to receive fresh supplies on 13th December. Between now and then, the group should have covered 320 km with a difference in altitude of 1250 metres.

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