South Pole via Kansas Glacier

Dec 11

#9:
Mountains

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A damn windy and noisy night that dumped a load of snow on our camp. Thankfully it eased off in the early morning and left a thick mist that all but swallowed the mountains and glacier.

The lack of visibility was a concern given we were still at the perimeter of a crevasse field so we travelled roped for the first hour, skiing over three relatively narrow slots whose bridges were further strengthened by the wind.

By lunch the mist began to lift and the magnificent satellite peak of Kirby Cone began to materialise. It?s backing mountains, joined by a series of jagged ridges, are no less spectacular. These are scenes that may never have been viewed by humans before.

A final steep climb under a warming sun got us into camp at 6.20pm, another 17.2km behind us.

It?s distinctly colder up here above 1300m and we will more than double that elevation before reaching the pole over 500km away.

Eric

Pics of us roped up, skiing on the Kansas and camped betwixt the mountains.

  • Name: Camp 6
  • Elevation: 1342 m
  • Latitude: 85° 4718South
  • Longitude: 135° 2926West

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    2018-02-16 10:50:59 http://resume-service.org/blog says: Winter is a magical season. It is a period when the dreams come true... Thanks for the inspiring publication.
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    2017-12-12 04:41:25 Me says: "These are scenes that may never have been viewed by humans before." All these have been seen by humans already. Mapped by half a century ago. And not for curiosity purpose - consequently the content has been checked by geologists. But CRAMRA and then ECP have ban mining activities in the Antarctic. The referred area (Reedy Gl, Kansas Gl) is part of the Trans- Antarctic Mountains. By 1965, the geographic exploration of the Trans-Ant Mnts was complete. The entire 1500-mile length of the Trans-Ant Mnts - every spur on every ridgeline, every little tributary valley, was mapped and every 1:250,000 quadrangle was in print - published in beautiful detail. Refer to topographic (and other activities) from 1957-58 (IGY) till 1963.
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    2017-12-11 16:00:46 Tom Smit says: Great pics, just awesome! Looking forward seeing more. Had 10 cm yday en 15 cm today of snow, snow man has arrived here too! Stay safe and enjoy!!
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    2017-12-11 14:17:39 Keith Tuffley says: What awesome photos Eric. Tons of snow here in the Alps, it's shaping up to be a big winter. We hit minus 10 degrees a few days ago ... but nothing like your minus 20-30 plus windchill factor.
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    2017-12-11 12:21:42 Mike Ihlein says: Beutiful pic of camping between the mountains. It is a year since my wife and I came back from Union Glacier and I am jealous of your experience! But full of admiration for what you are doing! Good luck with the next phase and stay safe! Later this week it will be +40C in Sydney and so enjoy the cool temps! Cheers. Mike
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    2017-12-11 09:50:30 Ed Suttie says: Wow that is such a fantastic picture of Kirby Cone. Power to you all you magnificent team! We had our first snow here in England yesterday the kids loved it but hey it’s simply not cold enough!!
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    2017-12-11 09:07:44 Tim says: Great work. Looking fiward to following the trip. Keep safe. Tim


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