The walking wounded continue on their way…

Published on 01.01.2008 - Beyond Endurance

Pat Falvey and his Irish companions have not had much luck this year and have been dogged by bad weather since the expedition first set out. Having said that, they continue to make progress, even though some of them are struggling...

Ever since last week, expedition leader Falvey (who likes to remind us that he already has 62 major expeditions under his belt), has had to be assisted by his travelling companions. After suffering an injury to his back (he was struck down by severe and sudden pain last week while he was filming a sequence of his companions passing by in a line), he has had to walk without a load on his back and without hauling his sledge.

By 31st December, the Irish team was only 188 km from the South Pole. The following day was to be a day of rest. A few days earlier, Pat Falvey tried to take back his sledge, but was only able to pull it with half of its usual load. He may be suffering, but it appears that his back is a little less painful than it was.

Meanwhile, one of the other men of the team injured his foot and is in terrible pain. Their rest day should do them all a power of good...

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