Published on 26.12.2007 - Optical Express South Pole Challenge
It's slow going for the NorthWinds group. They have been averaging around 8 nautical miles or 14.8 km daily. This is not much.
But things have started looking up for them in general: the constant whiteout conditions that have dogged them for days have finally lifted, meaning they are now able to make their way, heads held high, and build up their morale again.
It was during this window of better weather that Cameron Hudson and John Huston managed to locate their cache of rations, providing them with the fresh supplies they were so looking forward to. These past few days, anticipating problems they may have had in finding the supplies, the expedition members had actually been rationing their food. This meant that the number of calories they were taking in each day was rather low.
However, according to the latest daily reports, their progress is still being hampered by a deep layer of snow. The snow's quality has been so bad that the group often has to take off its skis and continue on foot.
By 25th December, the expedition was at 83°4970 S and 84°0399 W. They still have a long way to go before they reach the pole.