The snakes of the Antarctic

Published on 08.11.2011 - The Scott Amundsen Centenary Race

Despite the loss of one man, both team are progressing well. They start to feel how this frozen continent could be...

Because the blowing of the winds up to 40 mph and temperatures as low as -38 degrees celsius, Amundsen team reports having had their first real taste of the Antarctic wind.

An excerpt from Henry’s account : " ...For about 4 hours mid-morning, we were enveloped by a 40mph wind and a wind chill of -38 degrees. The surface turned grey, and everywhere you looked it was on the move. Thin drift raced passed us from left to right, like a mass of snakes. The sun shone brightly but she was no match for the southwesterly wind as it raced to the sea.”

On the other end of the Ross Iceshelf, the Scott team has almost caught up with Scott’s position 100 years ago. "There has not been major drama since yesterday", reports Kev Johnson.

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