“Mañana Mas y Mejor…” (Tomorrow More and Better)

Published on 06.12.2011 - TransAntartika 2011

The Basque climbers have quite a hard time down there

The Basque climbers have quite a hard time down there

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Not many news coming from the Basque climbers. One certainty though : they never thought that their 'horizontal ascent' was going to be so hard !

On 6 December, Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza have reached the position 74° 42.697 S / 11° 35.521 E. That was the day 20 of their voyage. And so far they estimate having marched alreay 460 km since Novolazarevskaia russian base.

That day, they have done 66 km under their kites with more than freezing temperatures : -45°C (without the wind factor).

On 3 December, they had done their best distance so far with a figure of 72 km, but the same day, as the wind dropped at the end of the day, they still managed to pull their sleds during 10 km before setting camp.

But notwithstanding these extreme conditions, their spirits remain high according to heir HQ spookesman. It's freezing outside, the efforts are extreme, the terrain is not always hard enough, but they carry on. The summit is still very very far though...

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