The Scott Expedition: One Week In

Ben Saunders
expedition 300x225 The Scott Expedition: One Week In

Ben setting out across the Ross Ice Shelf. By: Tarka L'Herpiniere

On our seventh day on the ice, things are finally looking up. We had a freezing, miserable morning with a soft, sticky surface that slowed us to a crawl, and a biting windchill that seemed determined to freeze our fingers, toes and faces.

Getting going in the morning is perhaps the hardest part of the day. We take the tent down and pack our sleds wearing big down jackets, removing them just before we start skiing. Then comes a difficult balancing act: setting off fast enough to generate enough heat to thaw our painful digits/noses and generally get our bodies feeling comfortably warm again, yet cautiously enough to avoid straining a stiff, cold tendon or muscle.

The first three hours of today were pretty grim, then we suddenly appeared – in the space of a few feet – to cross a mysterious threshold where the surface became instantly and infinitely better. It was like my sled had snapped in half, and I suddenly found myself standing more upright rather than leaning deep into my harness, and able to ski for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, rather than 10 or 15 paces. It stayed like that for the rest of the day, so we’re feeling optimistic.

For daily updates and more on the first week visit and for an insight into our journey to Antarctica here’s a short video series

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