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The mental part was the most difficult," said Ryan in a phone call to ExplorersWeb after arriving at the Ross Ice Shelf on 21 January 2010.
courtesy Ryan Waters (sent over Contact), SOURCE
Cecilie and Ryan celebrating the first unassisted, unsupported crossing of Antarctica at Patriot Hills. A "raw" crossing like this had only been done once before, across the Arctic Ocean, but never on Antarctica. Currently, Ryan is on Lhotse, climbing with Lakpa Dorjee.
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The start at Berkner Island with 135 kg sleds.
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE
Ryan and Cecilie happy to be off the sea ice and about to step onto the mainland where blue ice and steep hills awaited.
Image by Cecilie Skog, SOURCE
Also on the current push: File image of star mountaineer and polar skier Cecilie Skog in a stunt at Norwegian "Dancing with the stars."
Image by Thomas Reisæther, SOURCE
The sastrugi in 86 degrees has been constant chaos. Impossible to ski around them, just ski on our compass bearing and take what comes our way.
Image by Cecilie Skog, SOURCE
Ryan: For me, Cecilie is the good partner that can tell if it is a hard day and say, 'only two days till Christmas, lets have a great day'."
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE
At the South Pole after 49 days, turning north.
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE
Backtracking out of the Devils Dance Floor. Being cautious and end running the whole section. Too close now for careless mistakes, wrote Ryan.
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE
The last days down the Axel Heiberg Glacier were challenging navigation and route finding, a mini expedition on its own, Ryan said.
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE
Cecilie and Ryans route the black line - and no cutting corners: Upon arrival at the Ross Sea they camped 20 km away from land to make sure they had crossed the continent.
courtesy Ryan Waters (over Contact), SOURCE

Best of ExplorersWeb 2010 Awards: Antarctica crossing

Posted: Dec 30, 2010 06:20 pm EST

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Returning to life took more than a year for Cecilie Skog. She decided to find her closing on the very ice that had shaped her husband: Antarctica. In a world's first she would cross the continent with American climber Ryan Waters, and Rolf Bae's maps to guide them.Lost on K2It was a shock: Rolf Bae was very well known in the Polar community for the under-the-radar Antarctic crossing he had made in 2000 with Eirik Sønneland from Toll Base (Dronning Maud Land) to Scott Base. A few years later, Cecilie showed up on the scene....

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