Parker Liautaud: Day 15, 64 Nautical Miles To Go

21st April 2013, 06:01pm

“It has been overcast. […] -24°C, no wind – it was actually quite a beautiful day today.

The good news is […] we did 18.1 nautical miles in 11 and a-half hours. We have 64 nautical miles to go [to] the South Pole.

It was a very good day today, just pushing a little on the longevity front. I am glad we did because every little bit that we walk towards the Pole is just another step forward and we are going to have to get these miles in somehow and even that little extra 15 – 20 minutes at the end of the day can make a real big difference. This is our biggest day South and biggest day of progress so far, which is good.

I had a little problem with my heel today. My Achilles’ tendon really hurt; at one point it was very painful around the fourth hour […]

We are so close to the pole but I just don’t want to think about that though. If we can average 16 nautical miles a day, [in] the next 4 days we can get there.

But until that time we are going to keep on getting up every morning and doing our distance and our hours […] keeping a good attitude and think positive about everything.

A big milestone is the last degree, 89° South. “

– Parker Liautaud, Willis Resilience Expedition Explorer