Parker Liautaud: Day 5 A True Test Of Human Resilience

12th December 2013, 09:56am

This is the second day that we’ve been really separated from the truck team. We are trying to make good time and go straight towards the pole, rather than following the diversion the truck has to take for crevasse safety purposes.

Today was a strain. It felt like it was going to be a great day when we started out. […]

 We started to make great mileage. We got a great surface to ski on. Conditions were great: sunny, no wind. We were just doing great and then around basically about an hour, I just kind of crashed.


Some of the issues that I’ve been dealing with […] pain in my ankle caused by the way that I’ve been walking, which is because of trying to avoid other types of pain, as well as rash and back pain and these minor things also came back with a vengeance. It just got a lot colder. So it was very abrupt and it was a little hard for me to deal with at first, but I just hit a wall. I just lost every ounce of energy and became kind of useless toward the end of the day.

It’s just kind of a reminder that we really need to keep our systems tight and prepared at all times to face any sort of changing conditions, making sure that we eat and drink regularly and just above all not be complacent with anything. Just be ready for anything, that’s really important. We stopped the day a little early because it wasn’t going to be productive.

Listen to Parker Liautaud’s full account of Day 5 as the challenge of the Willis Resilience Expedition begins to push Parker to his limits. The Willis Resilience Expedition is becoming a true test of human resilience as Parker looks to reach the South Pole, unsupported, in as quick of a time as possible.