Christina In Tears

Published on 19.03.2010 - North Pole Solo 2010

On the ice since 03 March, Christina Franco is making good progress. Despite the ghastly terrain. Her immense delight: the magnificence of the landscapes that unveil their mysteries as she goes along.

During the first days of her adventure, Christina Franco was surrounded by so much glacial chaos (the blocks that she had to cross were sometimes taller than a three-storey building!) that, come the evening, she had a desperately hard time finding a surface of a few square metres where she could pitch her tent. Result: short nights, vain attempts to sleep, huge fatigue, and in the end, one exasperation after another....

But come the evening, there was always a huge reward: the spectacle of the rays of the sun over the horizon. Magnificent! Christina,16 March (thirteenth day of her expedition): "I cannot say how many times I've come close to tears during the day, even if the sunsets remain the culminating spectacle. But, even during the day, everything is so surprising, so fabulously beautiful, so epically wild here that you can't help being moved, even though you're tired from top to toe. This world is really magic and mysterious at one and the same time. Just realize, it's a world without colour, without sound, and without smell.

On 16 March, Christine crossed the 84th Degree, to her greatest satisfaction because the terrain seems to be improving a little. No more than 6 degrees on the agenda.

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