Day 30

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Apologies for the rather dull and grumpy looking picture today, I had big plans to show you the sastrugi that has been plaguing my existence for the last 48 hours but it was that cold today my gopro died within 20 seconds of getting it out and this is all it captured! When I woke up this morning my lifespan was similar to my GoPro when I felt the temperature, it was absolutely frigid, to give you an idea of just how cold it was in the tent - the 2 inches of water left over after I boiled a litre for my breakfast was frozen when I went back to it just a couple of minutes later.

The 87th degree is living up to its horrid reputation. I spent 12 hours clambering, dragging, falling, slipping, swearing and shouting my way over ridges that are perfectly designed to either flip a sled or put an Englishman on his arse. By the time I finally hit the 12 hour mark I couldn’t have cared less if we covered 2km or 200km, I was just happy we’d made some progress towards getting out this bog. When I checked the GPS and realised we’d somehow clawed 30.03 made for incredible news, Bessie took an absolute battering today the ruddy legend.

On far more important issues - who has seen the new Star Wars and is it amazing? I had requested for my call sign with the comms room at Union Glacier to be Rogue One but they said it had to be Scott Sears....gutted.

The pressure is well and truly on for a 38 day finish now as there is the prospect of a New Years Eve in London. It would require a couple of perfect weather windows and flight times  (and a seat available for me!) to catch an Iluyshin out of Antarctica on 29 December. It’s a long shot but what an end to the year that would be!

Question:

When the terrain gets really tough is it easier to ski or just take them off and walk in your boots?

A great question and one that I asked myself many times today. There are quite a lot of crevasses around this area so I have to keep that in mind as well, so I keep my skis on to spread my weight and avoid falling through the ice. The skis also allow me to bridge the gaps between all the ridges which is actually a bit easier than finding a foothold on the slipper ice. So I would say keeping them on is easier for now.