They have now reached the plateau

Published on 29.12.2008 - Base to the South Pole

Sarah McNair-Landry's group has reached the polar plateau, at an altitude of 9 000 feet, without any problems and is continuing on its way, despite the tough travelling conditions.

Canadian Thomas Davenport has not had anything to say since our last update. We don't know why. Fortunately, the others continue to write.

Which is how we know that on 26th December, the group was only 155 kilometres from the Pole. Everyone is extremely happy to have reached the polar plateau at 9 000 feet (3 000 metres) and so they no longer have to climb day after day on the ice.

But as we know from the reports coming back from the other expeditions, the weather has not been kind to them, either. It's extremely cold, the wind is still blowing a gale at the expedition and there are yet more fields of sastruggis to contend with, even though they thought that once they had reached the plateau, these formidable ice formations would have been a thing of the past... Added to this, the snow is not great for skiing on. But for all that, the tourists are certain that within a week, they should have reached the Pole.

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