Stopover at Patriot Hills

Published on 07.12.2007 - Optical Express South Pole Challenge

It has been a bit of a strange start to their expedition for the two adventurers. After having been dropped off at Hercules Inlet, their route took them back to Patriot Hills!

It was all part of the plan, though. After disembarking from the ALE Twin Otter at Hercules Inlet on 28th November, Cameron Hudson and John Huston had planned to pass through Patriot Hills again in order to reload their sledges and decide on re-supply locations.

And so it was. They arrived at the tourist base on 2nd December having taken five days to cover the distance between Hercules Inlet and Patriot! They were not going very fast.

Once they had set off again, for good this time, towards the South Pole, they had to stop again the following day because one of the cables on the solar battery recharging system had broken. The ALE logistics team was able to bring one out to them by skidoo.

Now the two men are well and truly on their way. But their average daily progress is not very high, they have only been able to cover about fifteen kilometres a day.

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