Will Gow reflects, in what he expects to be his last broadcast, on the whole journey, and what have been the highlights and lowpoints. The team only did 6 hours today and felt much better for it, and still covered 12.6 miles. They remain on target to reach the Pole on Saturday. Sean Smith, a BBC cameraman is skiing out from the Pole to meet and film them coming in.
SITREP - Ice Team
1. Sitrep No 62 as at 0715 hrs GMT 14 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 12.6 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 762.3 nm
4. Hours travelled: 6
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.3 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 35.2 nm
7. Altitude: 9589 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £9830
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £155
97 Mile Team
Matty McNair reports on the day, and she reports on what her favorite piece of equipment is - her Timberland down jacket!
SITREP - 97 Mile team
1. Sitrep No 5 as at 2300 hrs GMT 13 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 9.2 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 34.0 nm
4. Hours travelled: 6.25
5. Daily Average to Date: 8.5 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 62.0 nm
7. Altitude: Not given
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A strong following blizzard all day gave us our best day's run of the whole trip, 20 miles 1600 yards in ten hours. We decided to cut down the rations by another biscuit, as we have only six days' biscuit left on short ration, and 120 miles to go before we reach the depot, so we feel very hungry, and with the temperature minus 18°F to minus 21°F, all day in the wind, one easily gets frostbitten.
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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