Day 59

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
88° 44' / 162° 12'

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Day 59 January 11, 2009

Today's report is very generously sponsored by Tim and Susie Sainsbury, and by "Gary".

I have not received a report in from the 97 Mile Team in time to make this bulletin so their Sitrep No 3 will be contained in tomorrow's report.

The Ice Team continue to be blessed with beautiful weather, and made good progress, clocking up 14.2 nm today. In his report, Will Gow muses on the fact that Shackleton's "Furthest South" was in fact the highest point along the whole route, and that the team are now gradually descending to the Pole, which is at about 9,300ft.

We have received some photos (below) of the meeting of the two teams.

(L to R) Tim Fright, Henry Adams, David Cornell & Will Gow 


Andy Ledger, winner of the Matrix "Place at the Pole" competition


 (L to R) Henry Adams, Tim Fright, Henry Worsley, Andy Ledger, David Cornell, Richard Gray, Will Gow 


SITREP - Ice Team

1. Sitrep No 59 as at 0920 hrs GMT 11 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 14.2 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 721.8 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.23 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 75.7 nm
7. Altitude: 10045 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £6655
9. Total Raised in last 24 hours: £75

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January 11th, 1909

A good day. We have done nearly 17 geographical miles. We have picked up our depot and now are following the sledge tracks to the north. The temperature has been minus 15°F. There has been tremendous wind here and the sastrugi are enormous.

Day 59 Report

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Day 59: Overview

Distance covered:
14.2 nm
5 mph
Sunny. Perfect weather. Windchill -33

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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