“What is it like doing this kind of trip ?”

Published on 01.12.2009 - To the South Pole and beyond…

Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters are achieving good averages. They're fit, well and morale is sky-high.

Twenty-five kilometres a day, the weather's not too bad, the wind's not blowing too hard and they haven't had any whiteout conditions yet. In fact, there's nothing but good news surrounding the adventures of these two polar travellers.

So much so, that Ryan took advantage of the opportunity to involve the reader first-hand in what goes on behind the scenes of an adventure. "Every day, we wake up at 6 in the morning," he wrote on 25th November, on a fine day. "It takes about two hours to melt the ice to make all the water we need for the day. While that's happening, we have breakfast. We also need to dress and dismantle the camp – which means that we're up and on our skis by about 8 in the morning already. Each day we do 12 'runs' of 35 minutes each, to which you need to add 7 hours of skiing. We usually take no more than 5 or 10 minutes between each 'run', which gives us plenty of time to munch on a little chocolate, some nuts and also sometimes some little cakes ..."

On 26th November, they covered 25.9 kilometres in perfect weather. They are at an altitude of 337 metres above sea level and have left the Ronne Ice Shelf and are now firmly on the continent itself.

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