Day 60

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
88° 57' / 164° 34'

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Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Day 60 January 12, 2009

Todays report is generously sposored by Simon Heale.

Ice Team 

A perfect day, with no wind enabled the team to clock up 14 nm today. They are planning to reach the Pole on 17th January, which incidentally would be the 97th anniversary of Capt Scott reaching the Pole. Henry comments that although it is now downhill, the team are finding it still hard work, probably due to the elation of the reunion at the 97 Mile RV being behind them now.

Henry goes on to thank all those who have contributed so far on the Justgiving site.

SITREP - Ice Team

1. Sitrep No 60 as at 1015 hrs GMT 12 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 14 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 735.8 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.26 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 61.7 nm
7. Altitude: 9879 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £8355
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £1700


97 Mile Team

Andy Ledger has left today's report from the 97 Mile Team. He reports on the effects of the altitude, and also reports how one of the team (nameless) has managed to soak their sleeping bag! Be aware that the quality of the satellite broadcast is not that good so some of his report is difficult to understand.

SITREP - 97 Mile team

1. Sitrep No 2 as at 2300 hrs GMT 11 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 8.6 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 16.1 nm
4. Hours travelled: 12.5
5. Daily Average to Date: 8.05 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 80.9 nm
7. Altitude: 10085 ft ASL

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January 12th, 1909

We did 14 miles 100 yards today with little wind to help us. The surface was very heavy and we found enormous sastrugi. The wind is getting up tonight. I hope for a good breeze behind us tomorrow.

Day 60 Report

  1. Day 60 Report
  2. Day 60 Sitrep
  3. 97 Report Day 3
  4. 97 Sitrep Day 3

Day 60: Overview

Distance covered:
14 nm
0 mph
Sunny, low cloud in the afternoon.

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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