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Antarctic ski current: Try roasted penguin

Posted: Nov 29, 2012 01:45 pm EST

(Newsdesk) The occasional roasted penguin meat was good enough for Amundsen and Scott and their men, so why not for modern day explorers?

Fast forward a hundred years to Santiago de Chile airport where a modern day skier got caught with undeclared forbidden fruit, dates, in his luggage.

"To my surprise the customs at Santiago were manned by dozens of people and they scanned every bag on a bank of machines," reports Malcolm Walker, a Hempleman-Adams team member. "Apparently it's common for trekkers to bring dried fruit and they are easily identified by their specialist trekking bags."

What followed was two hours of interrogation by four different members of the Ministry of Agriculture, he says. "They were pleasant enough but more concerned that I had falsified a legal document, the customs form, and this was a heinous crime to be punished by a big fine or worse."

"I tried every excuse to no avail. I explained I was in transit to the Antarctic but they explained the Antarctic was Chile. I'm not sure they are right. I told them I needed the calories for the trek and without them I would probably die. "Try roasted penguin" was their response."

Skiers wrap

Yesterday Richard Parks dropped off his gear. and food for 40 days, for shipment by a freight forwarder from the UK to Punta Arenas ahead of his flight via Santiago.

Richard, who will solo ski from Hercules Inlet, is in the process of designing his new website, which is being launched before he leaves, Tracy from his home team told ExplorersWeb. He is scheduled to fly from Punta Arenas to Union Glacier, Antarctica, on December 17th. Richard's dispatches will live stream on ExWeb and Pythom. Watch this space.

Solo Icelandic girl, Vilborg Arna Gissurardottir, who started on November 20th from Hercules Inlet on a planned 50-day solo ski expedition, has completed her first degree (110km/ 60 nm) yesterday and covered, for the first time, 20 km in one day. She also reported white-out conditions which made traveling difficult. A few days ago she reported a broken tent pole, which she repaired "in wind of 11 meters / second, it was a cold and tedious job."

Aaron Linsdau started at Hercules Inlet dragging food, fuel and gear for 90 days. Lung infection, strong headwinds, white-outs, a broken shovel, and lately, a broken sled-ski, add to his challenge. The two sleds Aaron is using are the plastic paris sleds with skis attached to them for extra glide, When the one ski broke off he had to take the other off and says therefore the haul feels as heavy as day one. He is also concerned about chilblains on his hips.

A few days ago Aaron was getting advice from Hannah McKeand, who is also on the ice at the moment, and holds the record for the most successful ski expeditions from the coast of Antarctica to the Pole. He says in a voice dispatch, "Thank you very much to Hannah McKeand for giving me some suggestions on how to travel; made a huge difference."

Position November 28th: South 81 degrees 27 decimal 971 minutes, position West 081 degrees 04 decimal 722 minutes. Time 9 hours distance 7 miles.

Hannah, guiding Toby Selman and Eeron Oura, is on Antarctica, but no news has been posted about their progress.

Four days ago veteran South Pole and North Pole skier, David Hempleman-Adams hit the ice. Among his clients are three wounded soldiers, Adam Crookshank, Robbie Harmer and Nick Webb from the same regiment as Captain Lawrence Oates, who famously left the tent on the ill-fated expedition.

They ski the last two degrees (220km / 120nm), from 88°S, to the South Pole and were dropped on the Polar Plateau at an altitude of about 8600 ft, feeling like 9600 feet because of the proximity of 90°S. The sudden altitude gain slows progress and Adam Crookshank reports, "it’s the fourth night on the ice, and it’s fair to say that it’s bloody freezing! We’ve covered just over 10 miles so far, a walk that would usually take about 3 hours at home but takes 3 days here!"

Seems as if Malcolm Walker, an entrepreneur and the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Iceland Foods, a British frozen food specialist with more than 760 stores, is surviving without his dates - and the $250 he had to pay as a fine.

A warning from ALE/ANI what not to take to Chile, air dried meat, raw honey, fruit and stuff not in commercial packaging.

The Hercules Inlet route starts at 80°S and covers a distance of 1130 km to the Geographic South Pole at 90°S.
The start point at the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner route) covers a distance of 890 km to the Geographic South Pole at 90°S.

1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km
1 nm = 1.151 miles
1 knot = 1.852 km/h
1 degree of Latitude is 110 km / 60 nm / 70 miles
Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet
A nunatak is a top of a mountain visible above the snow surface.

Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
(70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E).
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).
Gateway port Christchurch, New Zealand:
To USA science station McMurdo, and other
(77°50'39"S, 166°40'22"E)


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