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  • Communication | South Pole 1911-2011
    run on electricity so our solar panel must often lie spread out across a sled as we ski Fine weather all day Light SE ly breeze 24 and absolutely clear It nonetheless feels quite sharp in our faces and we cannot avoid little spots of frostbite here and there Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Our solar panel is all set to recharge in the midnight sun Photo Norwegian Polar Institute In addition to our blog and our contacts with the Norwegian Polar Institute we communicate daily with the operations people at ALE who are responsible for our safety We have a so called tracker that transmits our position to them and we also send them e mail We have two satellite phones that we use for pre arranged conversations with schools media contacts and for personal phone calls These phones can also be used in emergencies Still the amount of energy we produce and our own energy levels place some limitations on how much we can communicate with the outside world Today we had a fresh breeze from guess which quarter the south But with our necks bent and our heads bowed we put in 32

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  • Warm feet! | South Pole 1911-2011
    more A moment of luxury in the tent Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Incredible Not the hint of a blister after 14 days on skis Vegard wiggles his toes over the Primus Very good boots Yes we must admit it we have been very cold A couple hints of frostbite one lip and one cheek that have felt the touch of cold and wind But our feet have been warm all the time And that is not something to take for granted Footgear is the most important thing of all wrote Amundsen as he checked through the equipment lists for his expedition You pack up your feet in the morning and don t see them again until evening Your fingers are easier to get at and to pound life into But where your feet are concerned you have to trust your sense of feeling But your sense of feeling can often play dirty tricks Are your toes warm again or is it your feet that have frozen Finding soft warm shoes was no problem according to Amundsen but how do you make sure they are good for skiing He had the cobbler custom make moccasin soled boots out of a combination of leather and canvas The measurements had been taken from his own foot which isn t exactly child sized clad in two reindeer leather socks Amundsen was almost embarrassed when he saw the monstrous boots on display at one of Kristiania s shoe shops But they worked Our boots do too Alfa has managed to design a ski boot for use in polar regions with BC bindings They live up to Amundsen s specifications pliant yet stiff enough to ensure good communication between ski and skier Our boots allow adequate space for proper woolen felt liners from Karasjok they are

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  • Headwind | South Pole 1911-2011
    anchored and entrenched and the storm can have its way Heard no noise in the ice during the night No cracks in sight Unfortunately the little light N ly breeze managed to force the fog in Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more A steady course against the wind Photo Norwegian Polar Institute The wind agreed well with the weather forecasts we had received which predicted that it will last a couple more days At the moment we feel a bit of anxiety about whether or not we will be able to continue southward tomorrow morning The phenomenon called catabatic winds is common in Antarctica These winds arise through the force of gravity when cold heavy air flows like a river along the ground The steeper the terrain the stronger the wind One evening at Union Glacier we saw a cloud of snow appear suddenly at one of the glacier fronts nearby Then the temperature had fallen enough for the cold air to start tumbling down the glacier Such winds can be fierce gale force winds are common Once we get high up on Axel Heiberg Glacier on our way up to the plateau it is very likely

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  • Amundsen's depots | South Pole 1911-2011
    from the NNE quarter Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Lunch in the sunshine We have had twelve days of cloudless skies Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Amundsen s expedition is a marvel of advance planning They needed enough food and fuel to get to 90 degrees south and back again For each degree of latitude they travelled south they established a new depot The main depot was placed at 85 degrees There they loaded their sleds with provisions enough to last 60 days The dogs also counted as part of their provisions Each depot was clearly marked with tall bamboo poles with flags at the top Twenty poles each 900 metres from its neighbour would ensure that the depot could not be missed In addition the team built a cairn every 9 kilometres everything to facilitate navigation on the way home Today we passed 82 degrees From this point on it was all new territory for Amundsen s expedition in November 1911 Now the unknown lies before us now the journey has begun in earnest Forty eight kilometres ahead of us our own depot awaits it was placed there when we were flown to the Bay of

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  • A thousand kilometres to go | South Pole 1911-2011
    Polar Institute Darling body please be nice Come with me across the ice We still have a thousand kilometres to go And this I promise Next time I ll say No With goodies and gravy I stuffed you myself But this isn t Heaven it s the Ross Ice Shelf Your tendons are swollen your knees both in pain But darling sweet body please do not complain And I will reward all your work in the snow With chips and jacuzzis and wine from Bordeaux I vow I will take you to Costa del Sol But first a small detour past the South Pole I know what you re thinking I know what you ll say But I ve looked at the map and there s only one way So please dear old body I beg and implore All I ask is kilometres One thousand more Stein P Translated by Janet Holmén Position S 81 47 056 W 166 50 024 Temperature 25 C Wind 2 m s from south southeast Distance traversed 34 km Distance behind Amundsen 214 km Nov 10 Ice shelf Nov 12 Amundsen s depots Did you know that the first woman who skied to the

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  • Ice shelf | South Pole 1911-2011
    Photo Norwegian Polar Institute A few years ago a team of German researchers drilled through an ice shelf in Dronning Maud Land and lowered sound sensors into the hole They were astounded to find themselves eavesdropping on lots of conversations under the ice Whales and seals were producing sounds as if participating in an underwater concert This unique natural environment never ceases to inspire wonder and awe In 2008 researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute attached oceanographic data loggers to seals on Bouvetøya several thousand kilometres from Antarctica Some of those seals swam all the way to Fimbulisen the Fimbul Ice Shelf in Dronning Maud Land where they dove under the ice and collected information the oceanographers desperately needed Thanks for all your assistance natives of the volcanic island Today again the sun shone from a cloudless sky We have had sunshine for ten days and nights in a row And today there was no wind Snow conditions varied In one place where there had recently been strong winds we encountered numerous drifts sastrugi In other places the snow was smooth as silk As we ski the snow groans repeatedly beneath our feet Amundsen experienced the same phenomenon It is

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  • A glorious day! | South Pole 1911-2011
    only to be expected But our skills are steadily improving In port today Had a storm from the S during the night It blew well Eased towards the small hours Got a meridian sight Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Vegard and Stein in their tent in the evening Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Later in the day we hitched ourselves up in pairs One man sailed with the other in tow Absolute luxury compared to man hauling During one of our breaks Jan Gunnar was interviewed by an American talk show host familiar to all viewers of Travel with Rick Steves which is aired in 150 American cities Modern satellite communication offers possibilities Amundsen most definitely did not have The wind abated in the evening but by then we had set a new record 38 km On this date 100 years ago Amundsen took a day off We are now 198 km behind the Chief closer than we ve ever been Today s weather forecast predicts high pressure for a while longer That means lots of sun plenty of cold and winds from the south Position S 81 10 914 W 167 20 294 Temperature 22 C

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  • Being towed to the South Pole | South Pole 1911-2011
    saw some wisps of cloud in the SW quarter but thought little of it Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more The sun is shining but where s the heat Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Amundsen had expected the dogs to have plenty to deal with just hauling the heavily loaded sleds but because of the good snow conditions and the easy terrain everyone on the expedition team could benefit from the pulling power of the mighty Greenland huskies The day they passed the point where we now stand 80 degrees 50 minutes south Amundsen s group covered 50 kilometres We drove the first 10 km in one hour We trudge onward and search longingly for anything that might lend a helping hand The snow conditions and the terrain are perfect for ski sailing but the wind is blowing straight against us Still we ve heard weather reports that forecast winds from the northwest so maybe we too will have a chance to be towed to the Pole Position S 80 49 903 W 166 24 274 Temperature 24 C Wind 4 m s from the south southeast Distance traversed 31 km Distance behind Amundsen 244 km Nov 07

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