Degree 86 crossed

Published on 22.12.2010 - The South Pole and Back (solo)

Chris Foot has 'taken the scalp of the 86th degree' as he has just written. Everything is fine on board...

Degree after degree, the British Chris Foot is progressing as usual. On 15 December, he crossed Degree 84, two days later, he crossed Degree 85, and on 21 December, he has taken the scalp of Degree 86, as he wrote in his diary of the day.

For the moment, Chris is experiencing no particular setback; admittedly, from time to time he has to negotiate a field of sastruga or a white-out day, but all in all, his pace-schedule is unfolding fairly well.

The most important thing for him at this time of his adventure is accurately to calculate the places where he is going to deposit the fuel and food caches so that his self-sufficiency is as smooth and efficient as possible. No question indeed of running out of food when on his return he will be retracing his steps and will be able simply to progress from one cache to another.

The advantage of this situation it is that as and when the deposits are made, the Britisher becomes lighter to the tune of the kilos of victuals and fuel that he deposits.

In terms of health, no problem either.

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