Mother Nature Continues to Test Us – Day 12 of SPEC

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 gusts drop the temperature down to minus 30° C. It is hard to predict when those gusts will strike but they were on our faces all day and blowing snow around to ensure travel was a difficult as possible. We measure our travel distance today to be 9nm. We cannot seem to complete the magical 10 nm yet. But we are pushing to do so.

I thought a lot today about our mission and why we are here. I am so impressed and delighted that the technology we chose to bring on this expedition has proved invaluable. The snow melter designed by NASA and then adapted by the Checkerspot team, Kurt and Charlie are powered by the solar “tent” on each of the sleds. The solar panels work all day to generate the energy and though a series of cables they warm 4 thermos flasks and met the snow to a liquid by the time we reach our evening camp.

We then use the advanced bio fuels created by the Shell laboratories to take the temp of the water to boiling for food and drinks. The heat from the stove additionally warms the tent and dries any clothes from the trekking day. Where I am now. Tucked up in my sleeping bag and writing to you about our day…..tomorrow is almost here.



  • Ian Harris
    Posted at 11:21h, 04 December Reply

    Incredible. The force is with you! ( I supplied knitwear for your Dad’s ‘In The Footsteps Of Scott’ Expedition in the 1980’s ).

  • Eddie peat
    Posted at 17:00h, 04 December Reply


    You are going well and your spirit sounds good

    You missed the super moon which was spectacular at Wycliffe

  • Christine Davies
    Posted at 07:10h, 05 December Reply

    Thinking of you all many times a day. Wishing you God speed. X

  • marcus
    Posted at 09:40h, 05 December Reply

    Great progress Rob and Barney. Hope it gets easier as you go.

  • Sam corsellis
    Posted at 20:43h, 05 December Reply

    God speed and love to you both xx

  • Jane Spedding
    Posted at 23:03h, 05 December Reply

    It is truly wonderful to be able to hear your voices and be able to share a tiny bit of what you are going through. Much love as always Rob. Jane Spedding. X

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