Fresh supplies ahoy!
Published on 01.01.2008 - Optical Express South Pole Challenge
The average daily rate of progress for the group has picked up a little. They have passed 84 degrees south and are within sight of their cache of fresh supplies and rations located at the foot of the Thiels mountains.
Although the bad weather is not completely behind them yet, the website editor notes an appreciable improvement in recent days.
In actual fact, the wind has dropped and the white-out conditions are no longer with them. But the snow continues to fall without let-up, which of course is still slowing the men down. Last week, the average distance they were covering was only 8 to 9 nautical miles a day. For several days now, their average has risen to 10-11!
As a result, they are nearing their new supplies and as we publish these lines, they should have reached them and are no doubt further on their way!
Apart from that, the NorthWinds group remains injury-free and everything seems to be going well on their journey. Progress may be slow, but at least it's sure!