Day 51

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
87° 04' / 162° 30'

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Day 51 January 3, 2009

The team took advantage of a relatively light headwind and good conditions to clock up 16.3 nm in 8 hours. A clearly tired Will Gow describes the team's daily routine in the daily report. He described how they get up at about 8am, set off at about 10am and then do seven 1hr 10 min stints, each taking it in turn to lead. They typically set up camp at about 8pm. Note that the time travelled used in the sitreps is actual time travelled, not total time - so does not include drinks/food breaks and lead changeovers.

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1. Sitrep No 51 as at 0940 hrs GMT 03 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 16.3 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 621.2 nm
4. Hours travelled: 8
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.18 nm
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 6
7. Distance to RV: 72.59 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 169.59 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.10 nm 
10. Altitude: 9643 Ft ASL

January 3rd, 1909

Started at 6:55 A.M., cloudy but fairly warm. The temperature was minus 8°F at noon. We had a terrible surface all the morning, and did only 5 miles 100 yards. A meridian altitude gave us latitude 87° 22' South at noon. The surface was better in the afternoon, and we did six geographical miles. The temperature at 6 P.M. was minus 11°F. It was an uphill pull toward the evening, and we camped at 6:20 P.M., the altitude being 11,220 ft. above the sea. Tomorrow we must risk making a depot on the plateau, and make a dash for it, but even then, if this surface continues, we will be two weeks in carrying in through.

Day 51: Overview

Distance covered:
16.3 nm
5 mph
High cirrus cloud but otherwise perfect.

The Heart of the Antarctic

This is the story of the “Farthest South” expedition, told by its leader. After enduring biting winds, short rations and crevasse-ridden glaciers for over a year, Shackleton’s party faced a desperate forced march to return to their ship, The Nimrod, or face being marooned on the ice.

Taken from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s own compelling chronicle of his first Antarctic expedition, written on his return in 1909.

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