Phase 2 – day 57 – South Pole

Hi Everyone. I made it back to the South Pole, its a really incredible place to be. I didn’t stay very long as I still have a big journey to go. It has been really tough getting here this year. I have been skiing between 13 and 15 hours a day, averaging 5 hours sleep and not getting the mileage I want with the tough conditions.

My cutoff date is around 22nd Jan which means I will have to finish then. I could have finished at the South Pole but I thought about all the reasons I wanted to do this journey and wanting others to push their boundaries. So I’ll continue to push mine and do as much as I can in the time I have left.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 56

Hi Everyone. Another day making my way through the snow. One more day and I should make it to the pole.

So, this is I would day a fairly big adventure and people will often say to me ‘My adventure is not as big as yours.’ I try not to ever underestimate somebody else’s achievements whatever they are, we never know how tough it was for them to get there and also no boundary or barrier is too small, no adventure is too small.

I know this is easier said than done, but try not to compare yourself to others. I don’t think it is helpful, you are on your own journey, focus on your goals and what you want in life.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 55

Hi Everyone. Another day working my way through soft snow, but the sun was out which is always good for morale.

So, I did not know anything about Antarctica when I had this idea around August 2019. I didn’t even know where to start so I started on google. It has been a tough journey to get to this point, I have not found it easy at all.

I never thought I would be here or be able to achieve something like this. I’m just so glad I didn’t listen to the people that told me no.

It is ok if you cannot relate to the journey I’m doing, I understand that and it would’ve been me before I had the idea. If you take anything at all from this, please believe that you can achieve anything you want. I’m sure it will be hard work to get there but you can do it.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 54

Hi Everyone. A lot of blowing snow today, I’ll often look back at my pulk to see why it still feels so heavy and see the track marks its leaving in the soft snow. It’s tough moving slowly but I’m a day closer to the pole.

This post goes out to the Regional Rehabilitation Unit Halton, this was the Army role I was working in before leaving. I loved the role and I think that is because I was working with such a great team. A lot of the team had the fun of trying my freeze dried meals as I would bring them in for lunch so I could trial them. I was rushing around all the time in this role, training before work, having meetings at lunch for expedition prep and I just want to thank everyone at RRU Halton for your support. Can’t wait to see you all when I get back!

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 53

Hi Everyone. Another day working my way through the powdery snow but also another closer to the pole.

I am now in the last degree and I wanted to talk about how I go to the toilet which is another question I got from most of the schools I visited. In this section, I carry poo bags with me and go to the toilet in the bag and put the bags at the back of my pulk. To go for a wee, I have a sheewee. When I am in the tent, I have a wee bottle and use the sheewee to wee in there. The wee does freeze if you leave it overnight so I always empty the bottle before going to bed!

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 52

Hi Everyone. Conditions are similar so far so still pretty slow going.

I get to announce another school winner today which is very exciting.

Ivy Rostron, age 7 from South Milford Primary School.

Ivy said: Please choose my logo because it is cute and I know you can do it.

On my logo I have drawn an emperor penguin. They live in Antarctica. I hope you see some! Another reason why you should choose my logo is because of the positive message the penguin is saying. I have drawn a reflective line around my logo so you can always see it.

Thank you Ivy, there are emperor penguins in Antarctica, sadly I have not seen any on the route I have taken but I love then penguin you’ve drawn especially with the quote ‘You can do this.’.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 51

Hi Everyone. So I made it to the last degree which means I am just under 60 nautical miles from the South Pole. Sadly there’s still a lot of soft snow, there was also a whiteout and lots of wind today so difficult all round, but I made it through and am ready for the next day.

This post goes out to those training for their expeditions, I know a few people training to come to Antarctica, it is not an easy journey to get here. Please show them your support.

Sam Cox (@frozendagger) is aiming to complete a solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica covering 1950km.

Jacob Myers (@youngesttopoleproject) is aiming to be the youngest person to complete a solo 700 mile expedition to the South Pole.

Gina Johansen (@ginajohansen91) is aiming to get the speed record from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole

Antarctic Fire Angels (@antarcticfireangels) are aiming to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

I know they are all training hard to get here so please do show them your support.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 50

Hi Everyone. Another long day but I’m getting closer to the south pole. The snow is still quite soft and powdery.

This post goes out to my two big brothers, Pard and Jag, I love the relationship we have. For rhakri this year, we tied bands on each other, traditionally it is when sisters tie a band on their brothers wrists for protection. This is the second year, they also tied the band on me for my protection too, this is something we will continue for years to come.

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 49

Hi Everyone. Another day through soft snow. Had low cloud this afternoon, it was difficult to see. I was just staring down at my compass in those conditions.

This post goes out to my partner Dave, who gets to wake up in the early hours every day for my check in call while I’m on this expedition. Thank you for being my rock. I miss you and your pancakes.

Happy new year everyone. That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.

Phase 2 – day 48

Hi Everyone. I’m still in a lot of soft snow, it’s difficult moving slowly through the snow. I’m still taking it a step at a time and then a day at a time as well.

This blog goes out to my mum who I know is waiting for this voicemail every day. She has always told me that she is not as strong and brave as me. In most of my birthday cards, she writes that she is sorry she could not give me enough. The truth is she has given me so much more than she knows. I still remember when she got a divorce and not many people stood by her in our community. So to my mum, thank you so much for showing me that you do not need to listen to the majority. You broke boundaries I did not even have to think about.

Also mum, I hope you have bought me an advent calendar this year. I will happily eat them all on one go when I’ve finished (that is what I do anyway!).

That’s all for tonight.

You can see my live location and listen to my audio updates here.