ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey is returning to Concordia over land, a 1300-km trek lasting 10 days…
Update 2: We have made it back to Concordia, arriving on the evening of the second. We enjoyed a warm welcome at Concordia and all enjoyed the journey.
Update: We are currently at:
71 42 407 S
131 44 898 E
We are 689km from the coast and travelled 127km today. We had some delays due to a technical problem which have since been resolved. We enjoyed Christmas ‘on the road’ and although no turkey, we enjoyed some escargot!
We have travelled 230km and are on Day 3 of the traverse. We have reached an altitude of over 2000 m above sea level and I am starting to feel a bit breathless again!
Things are going well so far and we are due to arrive at Concordia for New Year’s Eve. I have collected seven samples of snow along the route so far for the ESA BacFinder experiment.
We are a crew of 11 people driving in pairs of eight Challenger Tractors hauling several sledges behind each, plus three snowploughs to make a road for us. I am driving one of the Challenger Tractors.
Happy Christmas from the Traverse!!