I posted an Antarctic update earlier in the day, but thought this was worth it’s own post as well. In the earlier update I noted that Ryan Waters and Cecilie Skogs were closing in on their goal of traversing across the continent, and they’ve just sent back a dispatch saying that they have completed their expedition. Here is the complete text from the dispatch:
We are very pleased to announce that Cecilie Skog of Norway and Ryan Waters of the USA, have completed the first ever un-supported/un-assisted ski traverse of Antarctica!
The team skied 1,117 miles/1,800 kilometers over 70 days from Berkner Island in the Ronne/Filchner Sea to the South Pole, then continued to the Ross Sea to complete a full traverse of the continent.
Pretty impressive work from the two adventurers. Completing an unsupported traverse is an amazing accomplishment, and I want to congratulate Ryan and Cecilie for a job well done. Great work you two!
With this expedition coming to an end, the 2009 Antarctic Season is really coming to a close. There are a few things still going on down there, and a few teams still on Vinson and some other peaks, but the window will be closing soon, and the number of people living in Antarctica will once again return to a very small number. At least until the 2010 season, when things will certainly get interesting once again.
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