South Pole Emperor Odyssey 2015

Dec 04

#10:
successful trip

Published at 11:53
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At midnight my team flew back to Cape Town, a day early due to approaching bad weather. They , and I, were very happy with the trip, everything went pretty much to schedule. We had the usual delays and waiting and setbacks but Antarctica rewards the patient. It was a magical team this year, such great company and very appreciative of all that wild Antarctica had to offer.

Now I am at the ALCI Airbase making final preparations for my solo expedition to the peaks of Ulvetanna and Holtana in the Drygalski mountains. I will pick up some stove fuel, make a comms plan with the radio room, check the weather and take off into the icy wilderness, hopefully with a following wind so I can use my kites. But here is bad weather forecast for the next two days so we will see about my departure.

This morning I tested a self-arrest system on my sled that I designed back home in the Australian summer, with not a speck of snow around. The system uses 2 sharpened bars that penetrate into the snow if I fall in a crevasse, arresting my fall. I was dubious of it's effectiveness but I tested it on a cornice outside my cabin and...it worked. I couldn't quite believe it worked so well. I tested it again and again and each time it held me and I could climb out with my full weight on it. I don't expect it to work on bare ice but maybe I will be surprised by that too. Needless to say, I don't expect the system will need to be used.

Pic of my sled with the self-arrest system.

Eric

  • Name: ALCIAirbase
  • Elevation: 545 m
  • Latitude: 79° 4922South
  • Longitude: 11° 3847East

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    2015-12-07 03:06:40 Karen says: Hi Eric, well done on another successful expedition. For the next one, travel safe and may the wind be behind you! and no need for self-arrest mechanisms...
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    2015-12-07 00:49:14 jumping jojo says: ahhhhhh.....a happy ending for a well earned adventure and some great memories imprinted in the minds of your team i,m sure!!! i trust your solo will kick ass and nice knowing you have a bit of back up in your new design!! loads of love and enjoy following you from the warmth of chiang mai!! XXX
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    2015-12-05 05:43:13 Hazel says: Take care have fun as we all know you will .....loving knowing all youre doing
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    2015-12-04 12:25:36 Vadim says: Hi Eric, congrats with the great trip ending and have safe next one! Impressed by your outdoor engineering, Vadim


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