Hours of Journey: 9h30' - Accumulative: 267h45
Km./Day: 28,2 - Accumulative: 604,3Km. Remaining to the South Pole: 540,9Km.
Days of progress: 31 (27 Solo) - Inactive Days: 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 46
I was building up my hopes to get to the 14th of December and have a great journey celebrating the Amundsen arrival for the first time to the South Pole. But, unfortunately, I have celebrated it the Antarctic way, with a tough and very cold journey. Right now, I'm typing this chronicle inside my sleeping bag as I'm completely shivery as it's very cold inside the tent and because the suffering of today's journey.
Concerning today's stage, everything has been normal during the first four hours, but the it started to get cloudy and I have struggled quite a bit during the last 3 hours, as I could not see a thing, nor the relief, and with these conditions it is impossible to keep a decent pace. I have also felt a bit dizzy after so many hours of looking a metre ahead of my skis all the time.
The thing is, it's about DOUBLE OR HALFS. We tough today was the day Carles and I would reach the South Pole, and right now I'm exactly half way there; and by the looks of it, if everything goes according to plan, I will get there half the time that went since Amundsen conquered the South Pole to Captain Scott (already defeated) getting there. We also thought we would reach the equator of this traverse both of us and now it's just half the team it begun 46 days ago And the fact is that this expedition is twice as tough as I thought it would be, therefore, in case I reach the South Pole it will have twice the value for me.
It has not been possible to reach the South Pole for the Jubilee celebrations, but it is also nice to live it on my way there, and giving homage to Amundsen and the Antarctica, suffering and putting maximum effort into it, bearing always in mind, that even happening 100 years ago, in this still almost pure, hard, uncertain and extreme and beautiful as those pioneering adventurers dared to defy.
I DEDICATE THE DAY TO:
Obviously, I can only dedicate today's journey to Roald Amundsen and his 4 colleagues that reached the South Pole, and I don't know why nobody talks about them. These are: Oskar Wisting, Olav Bjaaland, Sverre Hassel, Helmer Hanssen.
They were a type of daring people, who would face challenges that no one ever had attempted. NO past stories, no Plan B, no rescue operations, communications, and all of that in an age where there was a lot of unknown places to be discovered.
To those who like adventures, the maximum we can achieve is to live very intense experiences but will never get as close as that spirit of adventure of the past.