Day 61

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
89° 11' / 166° 55'

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Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Day 65, 17 January Distance travelled: 794.9 nmi Temperature: -25 °C Conditions: Hazy. Generally overcast. Sunny intervals. Windchill -33. Read Journal Entry
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Day 61 January 13, 2009

Todays report is generously sposored by David Lyon on behalf of "The Pilgrims".

Ice Team 

Henry Worsley reports on how he is looking forward to having something different to eat from salami, chocolate and flapjack, their daytime diet for the past 61 days! Henry reflects on how cold it feels tonight, not least beacuse they are quite a lot thinner now than when they started so are feeling the cold more!

Henry also thanks Phillip Turner for his very generous ongoing support of The Foundation.

SITREP - Ice Team

1. Sitrep No 61 as at 0930 hrs GMT 13 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.9 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 749.7 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.29 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 47.8 nm
7. Altitude: 9776 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £9675
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £1320

97 Mile Team

Richard ("Ronnie") Gray reports on their daily routine. After getting up at 8am they set off at 10am, and travel for an hour with breaks of 15 minutes, during which they attempt to drink and eat, although he says that drinking is easier, and they have lost their appetite during the day, but make up for it once in their tents at night. At the end of the day British Airways eyemasks help to keep the 24 hour daylight out to enable them to sleep.

SITREP - 97 Mile team

1. Sitrep No 3 as at 2300 hrs GMT 12 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 8.7 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 24.8 nm
4. Hours travelled: 5.75
5. Daily Average to Date: 8.27 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 72.2 nm
7. Altitude: 9980 ft ASL

The reason for the 97 Mile Team appearing to lag behind the Ice Team in time is because they have chosen to keep their watches on Chile time (GMT -4) whereas the Ice Team are on New Zealand time (GMT+13).

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January 13th, 1909

It was heavy pulling all day, but we did a good distance in spite of it, getting 15 miles 1650 yards to the north. We have the sail up continually, but I cannot say that it has been very much help today. The temperature, minus 18°F nearly all the time, makes things very cold, and we ourselves slept badly last night. I did not sleep at all, for both my heels are frostbitten and have cracked open, and also have cracks under some of my toes; but we can march all right, and are moving over the ground very fast. We must continue to do so, for we have only about 20 lb. of biscuit to last us over 140 miles, and I expect there will be little in the locker by the time we strike our glacier head depot. The surface has been very severe today.

Day 61 Report

  1. Day 61 Report
  2. Day 61 Sitrep
  3. 97 Report Day 4
  4. 97 Sitrep Day 4

Day 61: Overview

Distance covered:
13.9 nm
5 mph
Fine then overcast. Windchill -42.

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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