Whiteout

Day 2: S80° 52' 4", W052° 13' 14" Daily distance: 12.6MI Distance to go: 1019MI

Not a great deal to report today as I didn’t see a single thing between taking my tent down this morning, and putting it up again nine hours later. Low cloud and blowing snow meant zero visibility until 4pm when a vague pastel patch of blue appeared somewhere above where I’d expect the horizon to be, giving the illusion that I was sandwiched between two mirrored banks of cloud. That lasted for an hour before everything went white again, as if my entire world had been rubbed out with a giant eraser.

I navigate by compass, mounted on a bracket that straps around my waist, allowing me to glance down at the needle whilst skiing with both poles. Navigating in a whiteout is a lot like trying to walk in a straight line with your eyes shut. For much of the day I had a tendency to veer left, and it’s hard to make decent progress with no visible reference points.

I’m v grateful to Flare Audio for providing the headphones that kept me sane today (I’ll write more about expedition music soon) and to Tony Haile for arranging the message hidden in my food bag this morning…

 

Ben Saunders (@polarben)
09/11/17
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Theresa Bristow

09/11/2017

Ben
I followed you on your last expedition, looking forward to following you on this. Puts my rollerskiing along the embankment in Nottingham into perspective!
Ever step is a step nearer.
Good luck!

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Kevin Wright

09/11/2017

Remember me Ben? The guy at your launch when you signed my Antarctica journal for my 3 Grandsons. We will be following you all the way Ben and so is their school as the children learn about Antarctica and polar explorers. Praying for better weather today and to keep you safe. Take care. Kevin Wilf Frank and Ned.

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Andy Lawrence

09/11/2017

Just back into WiFi after a few days in central Australia so catching up on progress. I’m glad you got a decent window for the drop off. I hope the visibility improves. Good luck!

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Jason Hay

09/11/2017

“once more unto the breach”

I missed the unexpected start to your newest adventure, and I’m glad things are progressing well.

Your white out day reminds me of when you spoke about staring at your tent in the Arctic because it was the only color you’d seen all set except white. Stay the course and have so much fun!

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Shary Bo

09/11/2017

Praying for good weather and safe return.

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Whistle Norvell

09/11/2017

Hoping for better visibility tomorrow!

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Mike Hammond

09/11/2017

Praying for better weather to come!

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Pen Hadow

09/11/2017

Speaking of Top Banana’s, sir, may I remind you that your path to the far end should be relatively free of the aforementioned’s skins, so it just leaves me to wish you a trouble-free journey and a safe arrival. Bon chapeau, mon ami.

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