Crevasses force the team to zigzag.

Published on 05.12.2008 - IceCold in Antarctica

From time to time, the frozen continent produces dangerous crevasses that have to be bypassed. As these crevasses are not shown on the map, you simply have to adjust to the terrain that is ahead of you. So the distance calculated by the GPS does not always correspond to the actual distance to be covered.

The team's days start at 8 o'clock. After dismantling the camp and stowing everything aboard the sledges, they set out at around 10. In the evening, they stop skiing at about 7 o'clock so that they can set up camp. The daily distance covered is approximately 20 km. For the time being, the weather is being relatively good, but on 2nd December, the wind picked up speed, creating snow flurries that banked up against the tent and had to be removed from time to time. "I have just come in from clearing the snow," reported Daragh on the evening of 3rd December. "The temperature is somewhere around minus 30°C, or minus 45°C if you factor in the windchill."

The team is making good progress at the moment and they have covered over 250 km. The only cloud on the horizon is that Jill Maxwell has taken the difficult decision to leave the group and be evacuated back to base camp.

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