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Author: Rob Swan

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With no wind today, this icy continent appeared almost friendly. The Team were jolly, making jokes and acting as though Christmas had come early. The snow conditions are still rough though with patches of high sastrugi slowing us down and yes….that sled still hitting me...

Today started off well with little wind…though it started picking up before our first break. By the time we reached lunch it was back to 35 knots on the nose. Our speed drops and we covered only 9.6nm today. I think back to my Footsteps of...

I am sure we are skiing backwards! Today the sun was out but the wind blew at 35 knots with gusts up to 45 knots. In 9 hours we covered 8nm. It was slow but the biggest problem was the sastrugi (wavelike ridges on the surface of...

I have come to realize that I don’t miss all the “noise” from the outside world. I am slower than the others, which is not a bad thing, if I am 30 minutes behind the others, then then camp is set up and the hot...

We woke this morning with a storm brewing to the south. When I open the tent flap to look outside the Western Mountaineering sleeping bag beckons me …stay, but we need to keep the pace up if we want to reach the South Pole. Also,...

I hope all of our friends and partners in the USA had a fun Thanksgiving yesterday and were able to spend quality time with their families and friends. I did the same… spending the day with Barney, though the evening meal was not quite as...

The sun was visible a few times today to remind us that the Mather Nature is in control. No wind but still the thick, soft snow that slows the sled and makes pulling so much harder on the body was our path south. We covered...

Day 2 on this long Antarctica journey and we are slowly….very slowly settling into our daily routine. We covered 6km today and it was tough. The weather Gods were not as favorable as yesterday and we awoke to overcast skies and temperatures warming up to...