“Struggling big time…”
Published on 08.11.2011 - South Pole 1911-2011, Two Men One Goal
Catalan tandem is enduring quite a lot of serious conditions during these first days of their trek...
2 November : So far they have done 20 kilometers southwards and they seem to have quite a hard time. "We are struggling big time!" Carles has confessed he has never found such extreme conditions; neither in Greenland or crossing the Baltic Sea. On Tuesday 1 November, the heavy katabatic winds force them to stay in the tent all day.
Excerpts : "... Now we understand why it's so valuable to start from the coast as the first section is one of the hardest possible routes. ... In any case, don't worry, despite this chronicle transmitting a negative sensation, we are happy to be here, intensively experimenting the isolation and adapting to such hostile nature. ..."
Today, they have woken up with less wind than the previous two days. Had their breakfast and got the sledges ready. As time went by, the wind increased to the extent of having to get back inside the tent. They had hopes that it would decrease and stayed with their technical apparel on for a few hours, but unfortunately they could not leave.
"Another lost day, let's hope we are not going to lose many more"