Day 12: 88 Degrees And Beyond

18th April 2013, 11:22am

“We did 16.1 nautical miles in 11 hours.

It got a little colder today, little bit of wind but we had beautiful weather. We couldn’t be luckier; we had almost no wind all day for most of the day and not a single cloud in the sky.

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We had a good day today, almost the same as yesterday in terms of distance. We are trying to average around 16 – 17 nautical miles, just over 30 km a day, if we can. Anything can happen in terms of the conditions, things can change pretty rapidly.
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Today was a good day. It was nice out. It was very cold actually…average of -25ºC. We had a little bit of difficulty with the snow; it was quite sticky today. […]  It was hard to glide on it, to move the skis but overall, a great day and lucky to be here.

We are going to try and get up tomorrow and do the same thing… another 16 – 17 nautical miles.

We crossed a big milestone today, 88ºS. […] We are now 116 nautical miles from the South Pole.

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We are going to try our best to make an even bigger milestone, which is 100 nautical miles from the South Pole. We are going to try and make that tomorrow. It is 16 nautical miles away. If we did the same distance that we did today, we should get there just about.”

Parker Liautaud, Willis Resilience Expedition Explorer