57: THE FINAL 100KM...
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 // 08:01
Quote of the Day:
'Borge and I have decided that
we're getting pretty good at this - we have everything
'off-pat' now and it all works like clockwork...'
Latest position : N89°07'45' E78°
Distance to go: 97kms
Days of food left: 11
Average daily distance required: 9km
Update from Mike: 'Another 10
hours walking and another 27kms closer to the Pole!
Borge and I have decided that we're getting pretty good
at this! We have our daily routines and each one his
chores. We have everything 'off-pat' now and it all
works like clockwork. We make a good team. Immediately
after pitching the tent in the evening we start cleaning
the ice off our clothes. It takes a good 2 and a half
hours before we can enjoy some food, and then we
eventually collapse from exhaustion. The days are long
and cold and the efforts we are putting in are huge.
A monumental day it was today, because not only did we
arrive at the 89th latitude, but we also have less than
100kms to go until we reach the Pole (97 to be exact).
We think that in 4 days we'll make it, and if by some
chance the drift is with us, we might even make it in 3
The weather wasn't too bad today with temperatures
around -28°C. The white-out conditions and strong 5m/s
(11mph) NE winds gradually improved throughout the day
and we could clearly enjoy seeing the sun once again
situated well over the horizon.
Borge ski repairs seems to be finally lasting. We are
hoping that now they will be fine until we get to the
Pole. He must be very careful where he places his feet
because I doubt that he'll be able to repair them again
I have an upset stomach today and am feeling nauseous.
Not at all sure why - perhaps it's the food, perhaps
it's because of the vasodilator I am taking, perhaps
just generalised fatigue. We've only had two days rest
until now - the 15th day and the 29th day. Once we get
to the Pole we'll be able to rest but for now we want to
keep on going. I'm sure my stomach will come right after
some food and a good sleep.
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Nationality: South African resides Switzerland
Status: Married to Cathy, two children aged 11 and 12
MIKE HORN'S PHILOSOPHY:
'The drive to go beyond our physical, mental and
spiritual limits is an internal attitude that transcends
global borders. It tests our personal limits and opens
the way for new levels of achievement in all aspects of
life. This philosophy is the driving force behind every
Although I find myself in the most extreme
circumstances, I always use caution. My philosophical
approach is to live the endeavour as an expression of my
being. Alone, immersed in nature, with no creature
comforts, to surpass the limits imposed by man and
nature itself. With faith and determination, one can
embody the purest expression of this philosophy.'
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