Day 65

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Total Distance:
89° 55' S / 172° 26' E

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Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Day 66, 18 January Distance travelled: 799.6 nmi Temperature: -33 °C Conditions: Sunny perfect conditions. Read Journal Entry
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Day 65 January 17, 2009

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eseclogo.jpgIce Team

Although expected to reach the Pole today, they have held back from it, leaving themselves 5nm away. They can, however see the buildings at the Pole!

The Team only travelled for a short time today, for two reasons. Firstly they have been doing some filming with the BBC cameraman, Sean Smith, for the BBC Timewatch documentary that is being made about the expedition, and will be shown in the spring. Secondly, I think they have held off from the Pole to allow the 97 Team to cacth up, so that the Ice Team will not have to spend too long at the Pole before the others arrive.

SITREP - Ice Team

1. Sitrep No 65 as at 0645 hrs GMT 17 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 5.95 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 794.95 nm
4. Hours travelled: 3
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.23 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 5 nm
7. Altitude: 9325 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £13,430
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £2597

97 Mile Team

Andy Ledger has broadcast today's sitrep and report from the 97 Mile Team. Andy describes how food is dominating their thoughts and he tells us what each member of the team is coveting, including Steak and chips and Burger King hamburgers!

SITREP - 97 Mile team

1. Sitrep No 8 as at 2300 hrs GMT 16 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 12.0 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 66.6 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7.5
5. Daily Average to Date: 9.5 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 30.4 nm
7. Altitude: 9542 ft ASL


I have updated the map to include the 97 Team progress.

Press Coverage

There was a very good article in last night's Evening Standard. Also Andy Ledger did an interview with BBC Sheffield.

Support The Shackleton Foundation

Thank you for some very generous donations in the last 24 hours. As well as some £2,500 raised online yesterday we have received £10,000 from one very generous benefactor, and £2,000 from another. To you all, thank you so much.

If you have not yet made a contribution, please consider a donation to the Foundation at our Justgiving site. We really wanted to surprise the team with a really significant sum raised in this last part of the expedition, so please help if you can. Thank you.

January 17th, 1909

Started sharp at 7 A.M., in a fresh blizzard wind, with a temperature of minus 23°F, we did our best march, for it was mainly downhill and we covered 22 1/2 miles. At 10 A.M. we came up to our Christmas camp, and there took on a bamboo we had left, and which now comes in useful for our sail. This sail is now our great help. We dropped over 500 ft. today, and in three days ought to reach our depot at this rate.

Day 65 Report

  1. Day 65 Report
  2. Day 65 Sitrep
  3. 97 Report Day 8
  4. 97 Sitrep Day 8

Day 65: Overview

Distance covered:
5.9 nm
5 mph
Hazy. Generally overcast. Sunny intervals. 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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