David Cornell has left today's report and sitrep from the 97 Team. He reports that after covering 11.4 nm today they have just 9.2 nm to travel to reach the Pole. Today's report takes the form of an interview with their guide, Matty McNair.
SITREP - 97 Mile team
1. Sitrep No 10 as at 2300 hrs GMT 18 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 11.4 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 90.4 nm
4. Hours travelled: 9.5
5. Daily Average to Date: 10.0 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 9.2 nm
7. Altitude: Not given
Note: Ignore the distances travelled on the website, which says Zero, as that was designed for the Ice Team, who have now completed their journey.
Another record day, for we have done about twenty-nine miles to the north, rushing under sail down ice falls and through crevasses, till, at 6 P.M., we picked up our sledge tracks of December 18 outwards. We camped, dead beat, at 6:30 P.M., and had a good hoosh. We have descended to 7500 ft., and the temperature tonight is minus 14°F. We are now only 8 1/2 miles from our depot, which we will reach tomorrow morning, all being well. This strong blizzard wind has been an immense help this way, though not outwards for us.
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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