As the day progressed the blizzard relented and we could just see the sun briefly filtering through the overcast sky. Tomorrow, if we’re lucky, we’ll finally be able to use the solar panels to charge the battery packs and hence our comms gear and MP3 players.
We haul for eight hour legs per day, each of us leads a leg in rotation. The lead navigates the team whilst cutting a trail through the snow to make the going a little easier for the other team members and their sledges. We navigate using a combination of compass and GPS, the latter to ensure we don’t drift too much – easily done on a featureless landscape with no visible points of reference.
We’re currently in our bags and bedding down for another cold night. We’ve now 300km remaining before we can have a pint.