Only for hard-core enthusiasts

“Get up in the morning and go outside regardless of the weather.” That’s what Børge Ousland advised us. Our tents thrashed furiously in the wind when we awoke this morning. The forecasts predicted increasing wind speed through the day. And besides, it was Sunday. After 19 straight days without a break we were sorely tempted. If only we hadn’t been so far behind Roald A.
Three skiers agains the wind on the Ross Ice Shelf.Against the wind. Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

Discipline, routines, stamina and a dash of stubbornness are required to keep us moving through this icy desolation. At 6 a.m. a Type A person tumbles out to the tent’s vestibule and fires up the Primus stove. Two hours later we set off. Twelve hours later the Type B person cooks dinner, burrows feet first into his sleeping bag and turns off the light shortly after 10 p.m.

The wind picked up as the day passed. Not only that: visibility decreased to zero. At times it was like skiing in a bag of cotton wool. The wind tears at body and sled and the going gets tough and tougher. How did we manage to ski 32 km despite all that? The answer is simple and reveals a dubious bit of logic: Vegard’s headwind compensation. We allowed ourselves 5-10 minutes extra for each hour-long skiing stint because the conditions were so challenging. As simple as that.

And we keep on keeping on...

Position: S 84 27.100, W 163 14.734
Temperature: -6°C
Wind: 8–12 m/s from the southeast
Distanse traversed: 32 km
Distance behind Amundsen: 185 km