South Pole via Kansas Glacier

Jan 05

#36:
one month

Published at 05:55
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We?ve been on the ice for a month. We still have 9 days food and, at a pinch, 9 days fuel and likely have energy for another month. We are tiring and getting slower but that?s usual in the final days of a trip. Had this been a 2 month trip we would likely not be feeling this fatigue now, part of a natural preservation mechanism.

Wind sprang up overnight and, together with wide banks of cloud, made for a cold day. Our final break saw us festooned with facial ice and we laughed at the various snotsicles hanging from our neoprene face masks. Life without these masks would be very uncomfortable if not dangerous, a buff or balaclava can only provide so much protection. Even with a -25c ambient air temperature we can walk into a strong headwind all day, so long as we are carefully covered and we rest, eat and hydrate regularly.

Heath is tucking into a wild mushroom and lamb risotto, Ming is spoon deep in a Balti vegetable curry and Im devouring Moroccan pork with couscous. Shazam!

Pics
1. Jade and Ming in front of a parhelion
2. Our motley crew, from left, Paul, Heath, me, Jade and Ming

Eric

  • Name: Camp 31
  • Elevation: 2890 m
  • Latitude: 89° 1018South
  • Longitude: 134° 541West

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    2018-01-05 23:22:50 Emily says: Go Jade & Team!
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    2018-01-05 22:58:14 Eden Maxwell says: Love reading your posts, and your photography is intuitive.
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    2018-01-05 18:44:32 Tanya Brooks says: I teach 2nd grade in Calera, Alabama. We have been reading about Jade's expeditions and following her on Instagram. Thank you for maintaining this website so that we can track your progress with satellite imaging. Good luck and keep up the good work. We can't wait for you guys to reach your goal.
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    2018-01-05 18:27:43 Mike Ihlein says: Team Jade, every day is very different form the last and I continue to be full of admiration for you all. Whilst I also have been to the North and South Poles it has not been under the extreme conditions you guys have been. That said, I agree that being at the Nortth and South Poles is very special indeed and I am indeed envious of what you are currently undertaking. Keep up the great effort but above all stay safe! Absolutely love the daily updates. I am now in Europe and will be skiing in Italy in a few days and it will make reading your daily posts that much more poignant. Well done guys. Regards. Mike Ihlein
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    2018-01-05 07:54:04 Keith Tuffley says: News from the world ... Trump is declaring he has a bigger red button on his desk than Kim Jong-un ... so you're probably in the best place on Earth to avoid the fallout. Go Team Jade.
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    2018-01-05 07:52:29 Sam Lee says: Keep up the great work gang. I have been reading your daily posts out loud to the under 9s (4 of them) and they are blown away by your adventures. They are all keen skiers so they understand about the challenges of keeping warm, even though mostly they have just emerged from the surf themselves. I too, have learned more about parhelion thanks to you guys.


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