It’s tough, but they’re making progress…

Published on 25.11.2007 - Beyond Endurance

The polar beginners taken to the Antarctic by Pat Falvey for the greater glory of Ireland are doing well and are already 12 days into their adventure.

As the expedition website is not being kept up to date with the punctiliousness of some of the others, we cannot give you full chapter and verse about Pat's progress. This is because they are not giving us accurate daily details on their position and because they get mixed up about the number of days from time to time.

Having said all that, the polar beginners are making good progress. They were on the same flight as Adrian Hayes and his team (Punta Arenas to Patriot Hills on 11th November), and it appears they were dropped off at Hercules Inlet on the same day.

Since then, they have had to cope with the same wind and the same cold. But unlike Hayes's expedition, they have already had to take one rest day and have suffered from a series of minor setbacks that have slowed their progress down. For example, Jonathan Bradshaw's boots gradually fell apart, even though he already had some idea of what could go wrong when you set out on a great adventure like this.

On 17th November, we heard that the inside of Pat Falvey's jacket had frozen up. This prompted the expedition leader to rethink the strategy of which layers to put on!

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