Temperature: minus 20°C
Distance travelled: 19 km
Temperature is -20°C with 30km/h wind, clear and sunny. We only walked 10.3 nautical miles today despite our best efforts. We were on the eastside of cape Kate Lady Franklin. We started at 8.40 and ended at 5.40. Today was horrible, horrible, horrible! It was exhausting work for little reward. We are pulling pulk sledges behind us and as you would walk up one obstacle and down on the other side, a new one would arise, and the pulks were hanging behind. We realized it would be impossible for us to reach checkpoint 2 by Sunday with that terrain. I was also worried because I couldn’t feel one of my feet, and for the last three days I hadn’t felt my foot at all.
First teams struggle into CP2 – 18th April, 2009
Update courtesy of Polar Race:
The Checkpoint team finally made it away to the North of Bathurst at 14.00 hrs after surviving a scare when hydraulic fluid was seen dripping from the bow of the plane. An hour’s work by a engineer saw it put right and at long last Steve, Clay and Professor Tony were on their way.
Out at Checkpoint, Team “Pole in One” had made it through some very difficult rubble to arrive very late on Friday night. After an exhausted night’s sleep they helped to put in a runway for the Twin Otter coming in. An hour after the Checkpoint Team arrived “Northern Lights” struggled in, also having found the going over the last few miles very difficult.
The other 3 teams are probably still a day away.
People often ask what the racers eat during the day?
The answer is a day bag which typically weighs between 0.5-0.7kg each and normally contains most of the following,which gives them sufficient calories (~2500) to see out the day.
* Dried fruit
* Banana chips
* Biscuits (mix of sweet and savory)
* Nutri-Grain bar
* Mixed nuts
* Dry meat stick and dry salami
* Brownie bar
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