“The conditions we face are terrible…”

Published on 22.11.2011 - TransAntartika 2011

Since two days, the basque trio has to face terrible weather conditions. Going out of the tent is quite impossible...

The catabatic winds which use to blow along the descents of the glaciers towards the Antarctic shore (in this part of Antarctica at least) are sometimes terrible.

Often the expeditioners who face these winds staying inside their tents wonder whether their tent is going to hold tight or not.

It's probably this kind of conditions that the three basque climbers are facing for the moment. Before the storm, they took time to construct an ice wall in front of their tent in order to be better protected from the catabatic gusts.

But in such circumstances, there is absolutely nothing to do but to wait that the storm passes by. So the trio waits inside the tent. So far, they have done 100 km since the departure of the Novolazarevskaia base ; they still have another 100 km to climp to be on the Antarctic plateau. And they've reached the altitude of 1 800 m.

 

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