New Route via Reedy Glacier to South Pole
Published at 20:31
Bad visibility on the Ross Ice Shelf at our start point has postponed our departure to Thursday. We are 100% ready to go so using our time training, photographing and filming the stunning surroundings, getting fat and chatting with the locals.
Yesterday we met with ALE's Safety Travel team who looked over our route with high resolution remote sensing tools which can penetrate the snow surface to reveal crevassing which can't otherwise be seen. This is particularly important for the pilot who needs to land the aircraft on unfamiliar ice. The imaging confirmed what I'd surmised from maps and old aerial photos, that the Reedy Glacier makes for an attemptable ski route through the Transantarctic Mountains to the Antarctic plateau. Now for the doing.
Keith and Rob share my excitement for the route and are fully committed to both the physical hardship that lies ahead and the uncertainty that comes with pioneering ventures. They've been preparing for this expedition for over a year and come with practical experience having skied 150km to the North Pole in April.
We are far from the well-oiled team we'll be once we reach the South Pole but there is every indication that we'll work hard and laugh harder. I can't wait to be out on the trail with these fine fellas.
Photo: flags above Union Glacier Camp's accommodation precinct.
- Name: Union glacier camp
- Elevation: 700 m
- Latitude: 79° 45’ 40” South
- Longitude: 82° 51’ 19” West