Poor weather conditions

Published on 15.11.2011 - Cas & Jonesy : Crossing the Ice

Cas and Jonesy are both exhausted but are determined to make some good kilometres over the coming weeks.

15 days on the ice, almost 150 kms down and at an altitude of 800m above sea level. That's the baasci datas of Cas and Jonesy progression. Distance to the pole : 985 km.

Of course the Aussies expected a better mileage but as we have seen for other expeditions that are on the trek Hercules Inlet-South Pole, the weather has been particularly bad this year. Cas and Jonesy have not been forced to stay in their tent as the Catalans (see our coverage) but they had to face white outs, strong winds, heavy snow sorms and so on...

"... The weather has been pretty cruel to the guys. Only 2 out of 7 days this week did they see blue skies and have clear visibility. Most days were characterized by snowfall – with visibility of 20 -100m, and strong winds – up to 70kph. The constant fresh snow and snow drift (snow picked up by the winds) make the ground soft and uneven. They describe the feeling of pulling their pulks under these conditions as “your pelvis is being crushed and your stomach is being sucked into your spine ..."

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