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Author: Barney Swan

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We are nearing Thiel Mountains and can see them far in the distance on our right side. Today we skied 10.3nm. An epic day for all of us but for Dad in particular. He really dug deep into his being to make this distance and...

10:47 miles felt like a long way today. High winds and lenticular clouds came out of nowhere in the early afternoon. Blasting straight down our jackets and into our faces. Making snippets of conversation between skiing and snack breaks livens up the mood. Kyle and Martin have...

We took a shorter day today… thought we might deserve a little later start and sometime to talk as a group, repair equipment, refine some of the technology and discuss the next week or so of travel. It was wonderful….. Yesterday was the first night in...

[caption id="attachment_1970" align="alignleft" width="413"] Rob stops for a break on day 13 of the expedition.[/caption] These past three days have challenged all of us. At its worst 40 knot gusts blew straight into our faces. Ice coating everything our breath comes in contact with. Having bare...

Today we had a later start… this was incredible. Today the skies were blue again, but Mother Nature continues to test us. The wind was blowing at about 15 knots but the gusts were measured as high as 45knts. With temperatures already at minus 20°C, the...

Truly knackered after a long day of wind. Coldest day 100%. Serious climb over glacier buckle, provided some solid hold ups with the sleds.  Powder and snow mix made for hard skiing. Everyone is well fed and ready for an early night. Disconnect to reconnect has...

Another overcast day with walloping winds, knocking over the sleds and us, as we try to force our way forward.  The sastrugi is higher now and without contrast you can fall over or trip before you have time to notice. We were tired when we...

Has it only been one week? This morning we woke to white out conditions. Navigating was a challenge but the horizon still had some blue that showed the way south. Without that blue, up, down, sideways all looked the same. It has been a challenge to...

We are I think finding our daily routine in our sled bound world. Pitching the tent, cooking, and managing our precious 15 minute breaks between marches are all becoming a little more structured. The wind today was a reminder of what awaits us as we continue...