Distance to go:
Ben and Tarka will cover 1800 miles starting from Scott's Terra Nova Hut at the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back to the coast again. That's equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons hauling up to 200kg each (the weight of roughly two adult men) of kit and supplies necessary to survive.
Distances here are shown in statute miles.
A Tailwind Teaser (Day 36)
Day 36: S82° 49' 9", E169° 55' 25.2"
Duration: 8 Hr 30 Min
Daily distance: 19.8 Mi
Distance to go: 1423.8 Mi
Temperature: -8 °C
Wind chill: -17 °C
Altitude: 174 Ft
Clearly it pays to be complementary about Antarctica's beautiful scenery as we were rewarded with a bit of a treat this morning: a surprisingly strong tailwind that blew us along for the first hour before fading away. It was great while it lasted, like having a benevolent giant's palm on your back, urging you along. With some predictability, the headwind returned with a vengeance this afternoon, slowing us to a plod. The wind giveth and the wind taketh away.
We swapped our skis this morning for the pair we each have with shorter, narrower skins - the strips of fabric that give us traction on the snow - and our second pairs go in the sleds (at some point we'll cut the fat skins down to make a second skinny pair). The skinnier skins offer better glide and higher speed but not enough grip to pull the heavy weights we had at the start, and with their help we managed to cover very nearly 20 miles today (just short of 32km) which means two contented but tired smelly tramps in this tent this evening.
I'm struggling to keep my eyes open so I'll sign off now. Thank you for all the comments and messages.