Twenty-five kilometers a day
Published on 29.12.2008 - Expedicion Caixanova 2008
Spaniard Chus Lago is travelling like clockwork at the rate of 25 kilometres a day. Except when...
Since our last dispatch, published on 22nd December, Chus's progress has been remarkably consistent. A figure of 25 kilometres has been recorded every day in the progress log that is part of the updates at her website.
But on one day, 24th December, her progress was limited to just 8.7 km on account of fierce headwinds that forced her to stop after 4 hours of hard work. We don't have any more details at the moment because Chus is experiencing problems recharging her batteries. That's because for the past 5 days, the sky has been cloudy and her solar panels are not working as well as they should. Which means that her batteries are running low, keeping communication between Chus and her HQ to a minimum.
But as we can see, the cloudy weather is not hampering her progress. At the present time, Chus is approximately 260 kilometres from the South Pole and is experiencing difficult travelling conditions (lots of soft snow, plenty of headwinds and fields of sastruggis). But she should shortly arrive in the area called the polar plateau. Once there, things won't change all that much, but at least she will no longer have to make the extra effort of climbing.