Smooth progress for adventurers


On the sixth day of their sea to summit Centacare Antarctic Challenge, Dubbo’s Robert North and his team members Duncan Chessell, Rob Jackson and Peter Weeks completed 17 kilometres of skiing.

At times the visibility is more than 200 kilometres and the team has already had their first glimpse of Mt Vinson (4897m), the ultimate destination of the 320-kilometre trek.

The team has entered the Ellsworth Mountains and crossed the Union Glacier.

They have been experiencing good weather (-5¦C to -10¦C with scattered cloud and no wind), 24-hour sunlight and blisters on the balls of their feet.

Team leader Duncan Chessell, 36, from South Australia, has been making daily reports via satellite to the website www.centacareantarcticchallenge苏州美睫培训, reporting blisters, geographical features and a surreal account of the barren landscape.

The following is an excerpt from the day-six dispatch:

“We’re in MERC camp, next to Urban Point, on the south-east edge of the Union Glacier.

“We crossed through a high pass today and through a blue ice valley – incredibly beautiful. The valley bottom was lower than the side and we had to climb out of it – bizarre! The wind off the range comes down and seems to have caused sublimation of the ice and scoured the snow away.

“We had to stop and repair a ski binding that ripped out of the ski and caused some anxious moments. We drilled new holes and reattached it and it seems fine. Don’t need the spares just yet! The skis are working well – it would be hard work to walk without them through all these soft windblown snow drifts.”

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