Monday, January 6, 2014

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Jan 6 -- Crevasses and Sastrugi

South 87 degrees 12.000 West 081 degrees 47.980 21 nautical miles Elevation 7,425 ft

I finished my 7th degree--only 3 more to go!

I had a hard time convincing myself to get going this morning. It was windy and cold and I kept hoping the wind would die down a bit. Eventually I decided I'd better get going if I wanted to get a good day of miles in.

The sastrugi are getting really big, which makes for some very technical biking. The sastrugi are sharp, hard,  and have 6 foot drops in them. A lot of times there is just enough drop and then rise that it will stop the front wheel, making it very likely to do an endo. Fortunately, I was always able to get my feet down and stop before any serious crashes. I removed the brakes back at the halfway point. Maybe it wasn't a good idea. Dropping off sastrugi without brakes is scary!

The day was mostly spent climbing. There was one short, steep downhill, followed by what seemed like a wall. I climbed 400 feet in a short distance. Throughout this climb, there were small lines in the snow that when I first saw I thought were crevasses. It turns out that they were. I found a couple that had openings in them. Most of them were about 2 to 5 inches wide, so not enough to be dangerous. But still, I was glad to get off of that slope, both because of the climb and the fear of the crevasses.

Tomorrow's route takes a jog to the west to get around a dangerous crevasse area. The pole is only about 2,000 feet higher than I am now, and the climbing should mellow out soon. I should be there at the pole in less than two weeks.

Remember to go out and be active.

4 comments:

  1. Good work Dan. Keep it up we're rooting for you. Saw your story on the news last night.

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  2. I just learned of your odyssey from the Deseret News. Amazing. Magnificent too. I will be with you the rest of the way.

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  3. Hey, Google News featured an article on you. Simply amazing. Stay careful and stay warm!

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  4. WAY TO GO DAN!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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