Signs of fatigue…
Published on 22.12.2008 - Base to the South Pole
After 38 days out on the ice, niggling problems are now beginning to appear. Not so much in terms of the individuals themselves or their physical fitness, but in terms of their equipment.
Visitors to the site will know that we have had the luxury of being able to rely on two sources of information for our reports: the blog written by Thomas Davenport and another blog from the other members of the group, although we don't know who writes it...
On this particular occasion, though, the two blogs concur: equipment breakages have come within a whisker of scuppering the expedition's chances of success. This time around, it was their ski bindings that broke. Fortunately, these were quickly replaced thanks to the forward thinking of team leader Sarah McNair-Landry, who included spare bindings in the overall equipment.
The group has also experienced problems with the communication equipment sold to them by HumanEdgeTech before leaving. These difficulties have become so critical that the expedition members are considering taking legal action against their supplier once they get back to Australia.
For all that, the group has just passed 87 degrees South and even though their bodies are starting to show signs of fatigue (Thomas has had sore feet, forcing him to put his right ski on his left foot and left ski on his right foot, day after day), morale is excellent among team members.