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31-12-2000 :

Forced to a detour round an area with deep crevasses


The shortest way to the South Pole is not the easiest. On Friday a stretch of 45 km with deep crevasses and sastrugi forced Kristian and Gregers to choose a deviating course to avoid obvious problems with the passage of the dangerous clefts in the ice.

"After all it has been a good but cold day changing between cloudy weather, sun, and wind. We can feel that we have reached an altitude of 2248 metres. We keep left today and tomorrow to avoid the area of crevasses."

Fridays course only took them 22,5 km nearer to the goal. As the crow flies they had by then covered almost 806 km from Hercules Inlet, thus leaving 305 km, corresponding to 13 days' walk at the present pace.

"The greatest challenge on the trip has been the difference between our paces during the walk. Still we have a good contact and mutual understanding of the problem. That is the way it must be when two people with so different physical capacities are walking together," as it is stated unanimously by the two.

Nevertheless Kristian cannot help beeing frustrated by the fact that he walks markedly faster. For example he must wait during breaks every one and a half hours, which makes him very cold, and afterwards he has difficulty in getting warm again, it appears from Fridays' mail.

But onward they get - and they are very cheerful - 41 days after the start of the expedition.

Gregers has got rid of the inflammation in one of his insteps. Kristian's digestion is normal again. But there are apparently no limits to the physical injuries you can incur under such extreme conditions, says Kristian:

"I thought I had got a new companion today. Gregers had become so swollen round the eyes because of sun and wind that he was almost unrecognizable, as I told him. Gregers' rejoinder was, "You are really pretty good-looking yourself, I must say" - whatever he meant by that. We are certainly having a good time," Kristian concludes.

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