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  • Swapping partners | South Pole 1911-2011
    have two tents from Helsport of the Fjellheimen series one four man and one three man The tents are great but the smaller one doesn t offer much elbow room for full grown men with a lot of gear This harsh reality added some extra excitement to the lottery about which lucky people would be sleeping in the big tent We drew straws for both partners and tents Stein and Jan Gunnar won the larger tent while Vegard must resign himself to another week in the smaller one which he will now share with Harald Dag Amundsen had a tent with only one pole He had no doubts about this being an advantage I have come to the conclusion that the fewer poles a tent has the easier it is to set up In Amundsen s opinion his was the strongest and most practical tent that has ever been used It could be set up by one man alone even in a gale How often wondered Amundsen have we not read about expeditions with tents that were complicated and time consuming to set up and when it has finally been pitched one lay inside expecting the wind to blow it away at any moment Our tents are also easy to pitch though we prefer more than one pole We are using tunnel tents with two poles each When we move on we tape down the poles roll up the tent and put it on top of the sled This means it is just a few moments work to pitch them when we stop to make camp The temperature has risen a bit today up to 24 C but at the same time the wind veered until we were taking it head on We end with an apt quote from Amundsen

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  • Young in the High North | South Pole 1911-2011
    Seven hour long shifts took us nearly thirty kilometres But Amundsen that slick character picked up his pace today After leaving the depot at 82 degrees south he decided that from then on he wanted cover 37 km per day because by doing so they would need only three days per degree of latitude Admittedly they rested on day four but nonetheless he was travelling at good speed Last night Jan Gunnar had telephone conversations with two primary schools in Tromsø The children have been studying Nansen and Amundsen all year and yesterday was a special theme day for all the students their teachers parents and families It s fantastic to see how deeply the schools in Tromsø have become involved in the Nansen Amundsen Jubilee Year The children had prepared questions and had obviously made themselves well acquainted with the issues When children and young people learn about Norway s polar history a source of national pride and simultaneously lend their enthusiasm to discussions about current topics of relevance for the High North such as climate change they are an inspiration to us Tomorrow s polar heroes are today s children whose ideas and knowledge will permeate future developments

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  • New milestones | South Pole 1911-2011
    his spinnaker and practically flew towards the South Pole Photo Norwegian Polar Institute We have passed 80 degrees south latitude We have put 100 km behind us When we set out five days ago we had over 1300 km to the Pole Now we are down to 1100 and some We have reached Amundsen s first depot And last but not least we are catching up with Amundsen Today we narrowed his lead by 23 km But the most significant milestone of the day was our excursion s first opportunity to sail When the wind shifted slightly to the east we fell for temptation and raised our mainsails This is our secret weapon the competitive edge we hope will give us a chance to catch up with the Chief Before we knew it well almost we were 20 km away from where we had started We exulted in the easy speed but were eventually forced to admit that the wind was taking us so far off course that we would be obliged to put in a few shifts of ordinary old fashioned skiing at the end of the day Position S 80 01 634 W 166 02 938 Temperature 31

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  • Rolf’s excursion | South Pole 1911-2011
    Rolf Bae who originally conceived the idea for the Centenary Expedition Photo TV2 Rolf Shall we follow Amundsen s route to the South Pole in 2011 Nobody has done that yet Stein Yes The Centenary Expedition 1911 2011 is Rolf s doing Without that first phone call none of us would be here today And then Stein called Vegard Stein Want to come along with Rolf and me to the South Pole in 2011 Vegard Yes Rolf had many irons in the fire in 2008 First he participated in the repeat ascent along the Norwegian route of Great Trango Tower in Pakistan He was back in Norway only briefly before leaving for K2 He called from base camp on K2 to discuss our plans for the South Pole The three of us were going to get together when Rolf came home But he never came home Rolf Bae was the primus motor the driving force behind the project and the team fell apart in shock after the accident on K2 Nothing more happened until Vegard became acquainted with Jan Gunnar Vegard Maybe you d like to come along with Stein and me to the South Pole Jan Gunnar Yes And

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  • Discipline and very little fish glue | South Pole 1911-2011
    is the slave driver At 4 a m the sun came out for a moment and we were not slow in getting out of our sleeping bags Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Flatness whiteness and distance Photo Norwegian Polar Institute After four stints we stopped for lunch then continued with four more That moved us forward 25 km We re averaging just under 4 km hour When daytime temperatures lie around 25 C the snow has a rough surface that puts up resistance against the sleds But the going is good and we have not had to contend with the fish glue Amundsen described thus Atop the smooth surface of the ice lie a scattering of little wind drifts and they consist of a type of snow that more closely resembles fish glue than anything else At night the temperature plunges to well below 30 C Last night we beat Amundsen for the first time we surpassed the lowest temperature on his entire trip to the South Pole 34 5 C with our 35 4 C S 79 47 996 W 165 17 017 Temp 29 1 C Wind 2 m s from the south Distance

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  • Just like skiing on the Hardanger Plateau | South Pole 1911-2011
    it backed N ly and the weather closed in Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Three men well pleased after nearly 30 kilometres on skis Photo Norwegian Polar Institute The words are those of a member of the Norwegian parliament Stortinget writing in 1912 who considered Amundsen s tone too unassuming Insofar as I can judge accomplishing such a feat as this demands nearly herculean strength Amundsen s style and the success of his expedition meant that he did not write the dramatic sagas that otherwise abound in polar history Nansen for instance came home with completely different tales of adventure Much of the terrain Amundsen passed through 100 years ago lends itself poorly to drama Endless plains that can only be described as flat flat and then flat Today we have skied 27 5 kilometres and have seen nothing but snow and the curvature of the Earth Sunshine clear skies dead calm and 32 C Those comparisons with the Hardanger Plateau are perhaps not too far off the mark But we know as did the member of parliament that they don t provide a complete picture of a trip to the South Pole S 79 34

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  • 13 days after Amundsen | South Pole 1911-2011
    forward Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Our camp on the Ross Ice Shelf on day 2 Photo Norwegian Polar Institute Today we skied 23 6 km That doesn t sound like much but it took us nearly eight hours including breaks We are now 263 km behind Amundsen who started 13 days before us At our current pace we will never catch up with him Not without good sailing winds Vegard optimistically tried sailing this afternoon but was blown sideways rather than forward The wind must change quarter Catching up with Amundsen will now require that we attain a daily average of 30 km assuming we will not be forced to lie low because of the weather And we have to climb 3 000 metres up to the plateau Still our doubts about whether we will arrive in time for the jubilee celebration at the South Pole are nothing compared to Amundsen s worries about Scott Today we passed what Amundsen called filthy terrain an area of huge crevasses where they were hard pressed to find room to pitch their tents between clefts that each opened into a gruesome abyss We saw no gaping crevasses like

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  • The first kilometres | South Pole 1911-2011
    to anything Amundsen on this day 100 years ago Read more Three cold men Photo Norwegian Polar Institute At our first halt Vegard suddenly spotted a black humanoid figure moving along a few kilometres behind us Other people out here in the icy wasteland It could be an emperor penguin said Stein Yeah maybe so agreed Jan Gunnar Our binoculars revealed that we had all been fooled What we had seen was actually the shadow cast by a fairly large snowdrift But we had definitely seen it moving Fata Morgana A mirage An exceedingly common phenomenon near the poles Fortunately we don t see all the crevasses we cross but three were of the cavernous variety that simply cannot be overlooked The snow bridges were solid and there was no drama involved After five stints of skiing we called it a day Twenty kilometres in all A short day but it s important to start gradually on a trip like this one Our bodies must become accustomed to the task Literally step by step So far nobody has any aches or pains S 79 08 154 W 164 48 130 Temp 24 C Wind Light breeze Oct 31 A wall

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