Day 58

Daily Distance:
7.1nmi
Total Distance:
707.8nmi
Lat/Long:
88° 30' / 161° 42'

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Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Day 58 January 10, 2009

Following the excitemnt of 9 Jan, there was further good news that came through today. And that was that the 97 Mile Team had managed to make the RV on 9 Jan at 2230 hrs GMT. For details of the meeting of the teams, listen to 97 Mile Team Leader Dave Cornell's report.

I have received a photo from Henry Worsley of his GPS readout from Shackleton's "Furthest South", shown below.

P1010360-9.jpgAfter their brief meeting, the Ice Team continued on their way for a half day's travel, notching up a further 7.1 nm.

SITREP - Ice team

1. Sitrep No 58 as at 0915 hrs GMT 10 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 7.1 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 707.6 nm
4. Hours travelled: 3.75
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.2 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 89.9 nm
7. Altitude: 10172 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £6580
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £530

During the 97 Mile Team's first day's hauling on the plateau they achieved a very creditable 7.5 nm. They are moving behind the Ice Team, not with them, but considering they flew staright onto the Plateau at 10,000 ft this was an excellent first day's performance.

SITREP - 97 Mile team

1. Sitrep No 1 as at 2300 hrs GMT 10 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 7.5 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 7.5 nm
4. Hours travelled: 5
5. Daily Average to Date: 7.5 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 89.5 nm
7. Altitude: 10124 ft ASL

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January 10th, 1909

We started at 7:30 A.M. with a fair wind, and marched all day, with a stop of one hour for lunch, doing over 18 1/2 geographical miles to the north. It has, indeed, been fortunate for us that we have been able to follow our outward track for the force of the gale had torn the flags from the staffs. We will be all right when we pick up our depot. It has been a big risk leaving our food on the great white plain, with only our sledge tracks to guide us back. Tonight we are all tired out, but we have put a good march behind us. The temperature is minus 9°F.

Day 58 Report

  1. Day 58 Report
  2. Day 58 Sitrep
  3. 97 Report Day 2
  4. 97 Sitrep Day 2

Day 58: Overview

Distance covered:
7.1 nm
Wind:
5 mph
Conditions:
Sunny then overcast. Windchill -43
Temperature:
-30°C

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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