Antarctic Update: And They’re Off!


ThePoles.com posted another update today from Antarctica, where the word is that the winds have died down, and the first unsupported teams have set off for the Pole.

Adrian Hayes has gotten underway as he begins his quest for his “third pole” having already reached the North Pole and the summit of Everest. His first day was a five hour trek, uphill, but in nearly perfect conditions. If everything goes according to plan, he’ll be the fastest ever to achieve all three poles.

Meanwhile, the Fuchs Foundation Team, which consists of four teachers gathering scientific data, took advantage of the poor weather conditions from the last few days to practice their cross country skiing and acclimate to the cold weather. They practiced some of their data collecting skills as well, before they set off together for the Pole too.

Meanwhile, ALE continues to shuttle teams from Punta Arenas to Patriot Hills, the starting point for most of the expeditions to the Pole. Over the next few days and weeks, activity in the area should increase, as more teams head out onto the snow and ice. For those that don’t know, ALE is the leading provider of support and logistics for teams heading to Antarctica to climb Vinson or head to the Pole. You can read about all of their expeditions for this year by clicking here. It’s going to be a busy season down South.

3 thoughts on “Antarctic Update: And They’re Off!”

  1. There are two sides to every story. No doubt, we see the edited version of Brice’s side, but he did his job, made the right decision, and probably saved Betsy’s life.

  2. Wrong post, but I agree with you. We’re definitely getting the side of the story that Discovery and Brice want us to see.

    He was certainly justified in pulling her from the team, as she clearly wasn’t ready to climb Everest.

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