The sastrugi were back for a while, but they didn’t last all day, and didn’t slow us down too much. The ground was quite undulating today and became icy late afternoon, so we were all slipping all over the place with our pulks pulling us in funny directions; either coming down by the side of us and pulling us over, or hitting us on the back of the legs and all sorts, and we were all going all over the place.
Unfortunately, Chris’s ski binding broke this morning, and then we got out the spare ski for him and he put that on. Then his replacement boot which had been fixed as well then broke. But he wasn’t phased by it in the slightest, and just opted to walk all day, and was going just as fast, or faster, than all of us skiing, doing a really great job.
We’ve been given Chris many nicknames over the last two years or so, some of which you’ve heard more than others, but today, the Panzer Snow Plough was what suited him the most and he was just powering on through. It was quite something to see.
We made 18.3 nautical miles today, which was such great progress, and we’re hopefully only about a day away from reaching the top of the Roberts Massif and the top of the Zaneveld Glacier which is a feeder glacier which is going into the Shackleton Glacier. So it really feels like we’re getting somewhere, and the peaks in front of us are getting larger and larger, and suddenly so much closer, we really feel like we’re making some progress.
I’m especially happy tonight as I found a coffee sachet in my rations for tomorrow morning, which is didn’t know was there, so I’ll be throughly enjoying that in the morning. Plus most of my ailments are healing up, from my lips to my Achilles have all calmed down, so I’m much happier. I may even be pain free by the time we finish at this rate.
Just to finish off, I’d like to thank my better half, for being so supportive and letting me come out here and come and do this expedition and being supportive in the lead up to and while I’ve been out here. Tonight we’re hosting a party in the Ritz for crossing 86 degrees South, which really feels like great progress. And tomorrow, we will push further into 85 degrees South, towards the mountains and the glaciers. Onwards.