Weber has put the hammer down…
Published on 26.12.2011 - South Pole and Back - Ski & Kite
Since the evacutation of businessman Chris de Lapuente (team had to wait for two days for the plane to collect him), explorer Richard Weber has decided to get back on schedule.
Of course the team could not leave injured (broken wrist and bad swollen knee) Chris de Lapuente alone on the ice to wait for the plane ; the weather was back to worst and the Twin Otter could not fly. So it took them two days to wait and to be able to get back on routine and to proceed with their march. Two days delayed.
So Richard Weber took the decision to gain ground and get back on schedule, that means for instance getting up at 4am on 24 December. It means also to ski longer days in order to cover more ground and cover it faster.
The result was covering a solid 34 km the evening of 24 December (in 9.5 hours) and 36 km the 25 December.
Another positive point : the bad weather seems to have finally stopped. The temperatures are also warmer. Although the terrain is still quite bumpy and covered with sastrugis fields.
Their last position was (24 December) 88°23'.3" S / 75°37'.0" W. They should arrive at the SP within 4 or 5 days.