Today's report is sponsored by The Rifles, Henry Worsley's regiment.
Henry Worsley reports on the last night of the expedition before reaching the South Pole. They are camped up some 10 miles from the Pole. Sean Smith, the BBC cameraman, will meet them tomorrow morning and film them coming into to the Pole. Note that their longtitude is now 174 09 W, which means they have crossed the international date line!
In Henry's report he pays special tribute to Robert Swan who has done so much to help get this expedition off the ground, giving encouragement and advice. Robert was the first man to walk to both Poles, and is the holder of the Polar Medal.
SITREP - Ice Team
1. Sitrep No 64 as at 0915 hrs GMT 16 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.1 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 789 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.33 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 8.5 nm
7. Altitude: 9307 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: Â£10,833
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: Â£827
97 Mile Team
Tim Fright has left today's sitrep and report from the 97 Mile Team. The conditions were perfect today and he reflects that they have probably fully acclimatised now, which accounts for their very creditable 11.9 nm achieved today. Tim confesses to having enjoyed yesterday's more demanding conditions, believing that they needed to experience at least a taste of the sort of difficult conditions that the Ice Team have endured.
SITREP - 97 Mile team
1. Sitrep No 7 as at 2300 hrs GMT 15 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 11.9 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 54.6 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7.5
5. Daily Average to Date: 9.1 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 42.4 nm
7. Altitude: 9716 ft ASL
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With a strong following blizzard, we did 18 1/2 miles to the north today. My burst heels gave me great pain all day. Marshall dressed them tonight. We saw land again today after being out of sight of it for nearly three weeks.
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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