First fresh supplies at Thiels Mountains

Published on 17.12.2008 - Base to the South Pole

The five polar tourists are still on their way. They have just passed the midway point and stopped for a day in the Thiels Mountains. A sight for sore eyes, by all accounts.

Thomas Davenport (48) is very much touching the right chord these days. First of all, he gave us a positive update on his personal adventure, hoping that the second half of the trip might be as good, if not better than the first. Like the other members of the group, he simply hopes that they have to negotiate fewer fields of sastruggis and not have to battle so much against the wind.

December 2008 also marks another milestone for Thomas: two years ago, the medics told him that he had colorectal cancer (cancer of the rectum). Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer after lung cancer and prostate cancer in men. The months tick by and two years on, every December tells him that he is still well and in remission. The hope is that this ice sports enthusiast can now look ahead to even better days. And this adventure at the Pole is yet another way of demonstrating to him that he is now living the best part of his life. But unlike some others, he is not doing this trek in the media spotlight. He prefers to work quietly, away from the glare of people's attention. And secretly, he very much hopes that thanks to today's medical knowledge and progress, the lives of 50 000 other Americans suffering from the same disease can be saved in the not too distant future.

Thomas's group reached halfway on their journey on 8th December and the following day they spent resting. After that, they set out again towards other exciting adventures, including passing through 86 degrees south in a few days' time.

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