New Route via Reedy Glacier to South Pole

Dec 09

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Epic mountains

Published at 04:51
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The Transantarctic Mountains form the biggest range in Antarctica and one of the biggest in the world. Our view of the Amundsen Coast takes in many glaciers - Reedy, Leverett, Scott, Amundsen even Axel Heiberg at a pinch, and if I creen my head I might just see Mt Wade which flanks the east side of the Shackleton Glacier, the route I pioneered with Jon Muir and Peter Hillary in 1998.

We are no longer on the Ross Ice Shelf, having crossed the grounding zone yesterday and now heading towards the foot of the Reedy some 40km distant. There we head S-SE and look for a safe route through the crevasse fields of which there are many marked on our maps and aerial photos.

21km today, heading E-SE on a slowly rising surface of diminishing sastrugi. Keith fast on his bike, Rob dealing stoically with a bruised heel, me, enjoying my laksa soup!

Eric

  • Name: Camp 2
  • Elevation: 299 m
  • Latitude: 85° 1053South
  • Longitude: 140° 5148West

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    2016-12-16 06:14:48 James says: Good effort. Looking forward to the moment you all arrive at the South Pole.
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    2016-12-09 05:03:50 PH says: Eric - Great start by you lads. Stay safe. Have you been able to form a view on possible new route for next season?


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