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20-12-2000 :


Are comfortable despite a little dejection, minor injuries, and sour socks


A needed day of rest for the Danish South Pole Expedition was exploited on Monday to solve the problems with the SMS messages through the Magellan GSC 100. Thereby Kristian and Gregers eventually broke the nine days' silence, among other things owing to the fact the satellite stands very low and thus hampers communication.

Because of these problems Kristian and Gregers have asked that the communication from Denmark to the Antarctica may be limited to a maximum of four mails a week per licensed person.

Prior to the day of rest they had walked 15 days on end, and the long tough haul - at an average of 23 km per day uphill - has taken a heavy toll particularly out of Gregers, while Kristian suffers from indigestion.

It appears clearly from the frank message that even if things are proceeding at a good pace, maximum exertions are costly:

"Gregers' neck hurts since the first week, but is recovering. At the same time he has problems with a strong inflammation on his left instep. He feels he has not the physique and sheer strength for such a tour, but after all things are looking up. Kristian's feet are OK. Fuel OK. Food OK. But we miss our sweethearts!"

"We have become thinner, and the skin of our fingers has got bleeding rifts and wounds because of wear and cold, but we have no frost injuries and no cold toes. But when the day is done we are wet through with sweat, so we are very cold until we get warm again inside the tent. Well inside there is on the other hand a smell of sour socks and underpants. Our hair is greasy, our beards long, our nails black. But we are comfortable and relax by being far away from our every day routine. We are experiencing a fine tour in a fine and impressive landscape."

Kristian and Gregers have had much fine weather the last 15 days, but also seen whiteout because of snowdrifts. After the day of rest the fine weather was over for the time being. On Tuesday Dec. 19 they walked 23,6 km despite bad weather and heavy going.

After that it was time again to stop and pitch the tent. The last week the daily rhythm has been like this: Up at 5 a.m. and walking at intervals of an hour and a half at the time with 15 minutes' break between each interval. Between 5 and 6 p.m. they pitch the tent, and around 9.30 p.m. they go to sleep to gather strength for next day.

Til forsiden

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THE WORLD'S LEAST HOSPITABLE PLACE?

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NEW PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH POLE ON THE WEBSITE

17-01-2001

ASKING FOR FINE WEATHER IN THREE LOCATIONS

13-01-2001

DANISH SOUTH POLE EXP. HAS REACHED THEIR GOAL

12-01-2001

ANTARCTIC WEATHER CONDUCTING THE FINAL

11-01-2001

A GOOD DAY WITH 31 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW ZERO

07-01-2001

SUPREME DANISH ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ANTARCTICA

03-01-2001

CRITICAL LOSS OF DOWN JACKET AND EQUIPMENT

31-12-2000

FORCED TO A DETOUR ROUND AREA WITH DEEP CREVASSES

31-12-2000

CELEBRATING NEW YEAR'S DAY BY RESTING

27-12-2000

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ABOVE THE 86TH LATITUDE

23-12-2000

CURRY CHICKEN AND BISCUIT CAKE FOR CHRISTMAS

20-12-2000

A LITTLE DEJECTION, MINOR INJURIES AND SOUR SOCKS

18-12-2000

NO MAIL FOR EIGHT DAYS

14-12-2000

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