Catalan Albert Bosch is back
Published on 05.12.2011 - South Pole 1911-2011, Two Men One Goal
After more than almost ten days radio blackout, Catalan Albert Bosch is back. Like bolting from the blue. Despite enormous difficulties, he has chosen to continue marching towards the South Pole.
One month on the ice
On 2 December Albert Bosch was already 33 days on the ice. He has done so far 269.4 km. Considering that out of these 33 days on the ice, he (and Carlos as well when he was still with him), has been inactive 15 days in all : " ... As a matter of fact, I have been only capable of advancing 16 days (12 solo and 4 with Carles), and the other 15 we have been stuck in the tent (13 due to a wind and snow storm and 2 because of Carles heel injury until he got evacuated). In these 16 days I'm right at the edge of Latitude Parallel 82 (hope to cross sit tomorrow). So, I've only done 2 of the 10 I have to do. ..."
After all, the figures of the expedition are not that bad. But Albert Bosch feels more and more each day his limits (for instance, he is completely incapable to ski more than 9 hours in one day, "after his feet would explode", he says. In addition, he starts to feel also lonely on that ice and with Christmas ahed of us it will become complicated to hold on until the end. Moreover, everyone knows that the homesickness factor is always a cause for physical and mental weariness,
But Bosch seems nevertheless strong. He has now reached the target to total at least 20 km each day, no matter the difficulties he encounters during the day -and they are a lot. And he faces this second month with optimism and aslo deep motivation. His next target : marching not anymore 20 km par day but 25 km !
On the other hand, he realizes that the road is still very very long ahaead ; this march is a very long process and also very tough because of the massive effort that is required and above all because of the weather conditions that could be even worse...
Here are his latest datas :
- 02 December 2011 - Day 33 : Hours of journey: 9h - Accumulative: 143h45 / Km/Day : 21,8 - Accumulative : 269,4Km. Days of progress: 18 (14 solo) - Inactive Days: 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 33
- 01 December 2011 - Day 32 : LATITUD 82º SOUTH / Hours of journey: 9h15 - Accumulative : 134h45 / Km./Day: 20 - Accumulative: 247,6Km / Days of progress: 17 (13 Solo) - Inactive days : 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 32
- 30 November 2011 - Day 31: Hours of journey: 8h45 - Accumulative: 125h30 / Km./Day: 18 - Accumulative : 227,6Km / Days of progress: 16 (12 Solo) - Inactive Days : 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 31
- 29 November 2011 - Day 30 : Hours of journey: 9h45 - Accumulative: 116h45 / Km/Day: 20 - Accumulative : 209,6Km / Days of progress : 15 (11 Solo) - Inactive Days : 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 30.