We are at eighty nine south

88.0010S,49.5989W

A morning report from the advance party at 89 South indicated that we would again be delayed because of clouds that would curtail flying. A couple of hours later, however, we heard the good news conditions had changed so we loaded up in the aircraft to head south. We left Union glacier in beautiful weather and were mesmerised by views of spectacular mountainscapes and hundreds of long flowing glaciers. That was soon to change, once away from the Elsworth mountain range we were flying over the vast white on Antarctica where it is white and flat in every direction as far as the eye can see. Incredible, and humbling at the same time. We stopped to refuel along the way then after a total of 4 hours flying we landed in the vast nothing at 89 South to be greeted by our advance party who had done a superb job of setting up camp. It is calm weather and a balmy minus 33 degrees C outside. The plane departed leaving us alone out here in the middle of nowhere. Woohoo, the journey has really begun now!

Tomorrow we ski 10km to begin our trek towards the bottom of the earth.

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8 Responses to We are at eighty nine south

  1. Emad K M says:

    Besides wishing you safety, the Trek amounts to more than just a shark in your tanks.
    Reaching endurance limits is for eagles and mavericks, it is for polar bears and whales. You may chose one or the latter.

    All the best
    Emad 🙂

  2. Emad K M says:

    Besides wishing you safety, the Trek amounts to more than just a shark in your tanks.
    Reaching endurance limits is for eagles and mavericks, it is for polar bears and astronauts. You may chose one or the latter.

    All the best
    Emad 🙂

  3. talal idriss says:

    Of all the people I have met and all the friends I have made, Willis, you would’ve been the last person I would’ve bet on to be trekking to the southpole at 60.
    I’m here in Jeddah nursing my toothache, taking my vitamin pack, checking my blood pressure making sure I’ve taken all my medicines. And you are crossing the south pole.

    I am proud, I’m envious as hell but mostly I’m honored .

    talal

  4. Gentlemen: wish you all a safe, enjoyable and a successful expedition. The trekking from 89 Deg. to the South Pole is a real challenge, at temperature I can’t imagine in my wildest dream. By reading the dispatches, you make it look simple but the amount of energy, stamina and self control is mind boggling.

    The daily dispatches are very interesting and I can’t wait to read more. The pictures are also terrific. All the best.

    Naushid

  5. Suresh Haridas says:

    Cheers to you all on Zahid Tractor 60 th Anniversary, and wish you fine weather !
    Suresh

  6. Nancy Klifman says:

    Fantastic! I am so delighted to follow your progress, and not to have to do the trek myself! Keep up the wonderful descriptions.

  7. Sultana says:

    Hi Will, Toom, Mo
    How was the first day skiing, waiting impatiently for your report. Toomi how’s it going? Did you visit the judge yet in minus 33? Thinking of you 🙂

    Mo, I called Amira, she’s fine and the boys just have a runny nose but all are well. Farah had a baby girl and they named her Tana.

    Bi, all’s well at home. Chach coming home on Friday to job hunt.
    Love you all

  8. Amr says:

    Congratulations on starting your trek. May the weather be fair, may you be safe, and success if your daily feat. Our thoughts are with you.

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