Lat S82deg 28.207’
Long W80deg 26.984’
Daily distance 13.12nm
The great weather continues and much the same as yesterday. Still minus 10ish without the wind though!
Good start then the middle section was a tough climb with lots of lumpy sastrugi making it slow progress but then it levelled until the power hour which saw the return of the climbing.
It’s strange when looking at the horizon trying to work out how far away certain features are. It appeared at one point to be the brow of a hill which would reveal a big plateau once I’d got to the top but the top never ever came. At another point I felt as if I was in a crater and again I never came close to the edge no matter how much time passed. Mind games!
Percy showed his drama queen credentials today by flipping over three times in the lumpy section. Twice on his side and on the other he went fully upside down! Not ideal so must try and pick better routes through those sections.
On the occasions I’ve been asked why I’m doing this I honestly can’t think of a specific reason. I guess I just love the outdoors and like a big challenge and they don’t come much bigger than this. Perhaps it’s a reaction to spending my time in the navy underwater and feeling the need to make up for that but what I do know is where my interest in big adventures came from.
Not being much of a person for quotes, I do have one or two I really like. This one is from George Mallory. Not polar related but the story about his disappearance on Everest in 1924 with Sandy Irvine and subsequent discovery of his body 75 years later became a fascination. Did he make it to the top? Who knows, but he is famous for his ‘because it’s there’ answer to why he wanted to climb Everest. I prefer one of his others as it really resonates and think it kind of sums it all up.
“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life.
We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live.
That is what life means and what life is for”
So there you have it.