Day 45-DSC_2917-smallHours traveled: 9.5
Miles traveled: 13.1
Total miles traveled: 536.4
Miles to pole: 39.4
Elevation: 9114 ft.

Translation from voicemail: Hello, it’s Chris, Team 3 below zero, Day 45. Well, we have three days to go, which sounds like a piece of cake and probably under any other circumstances that would be the case. Thirty three point four miles left, once we have to do this three miles away from the pole and three miles back. You go around certain scientific areas that we can’t enter. So we really actually have thirty nine miles.

But anyway about thirteen miles a day sounds like a piece of cake especially for ultra-runners but you know, not really out here since it’s getting really cold. It’s dangerous cold for us since we’re depleted and you can get dehydrated clearly and then you can get frostbite easily. So we’re really paying attention to those details right now and trying to get, make sure we’re safe and healthy when we get there.

Day 45-image1So right now it’s -17 out and with the wind chill it’s -35 Fahrenheit. (Editor’s note; exposed skin freezes almost instantly at – 40.) So, definitely cold., and you know, we’re really mentally and physically drained you know, after forty five days. So even looking at a, heavens, tomorrow at eight, another eight or nine hour day, this is really extremely difficult. So were pulling everything we can here for the next three days to get to the pole.

So we originally packed forty five days of food, so now we’re gonna be on rations that we either saved or pulled out of other days. Tomorrow for breakfast we’re gonna have our mountain house freeze dried cheese cake. So actually that will be kind of fun, something different for change, And, and Marty’s last coffee, his last cup of joe, which is what he loves to have in the morning to start his day so he’s kinda sad about that.

Anyway, I’m hoping I can get my goggles to stop freezing instantly when they get condensation on them because that’s been driving me nuts for the last couple of days. But otherwise we’re doing good. We’re just trying to stay focused for the last three days. All right, that what’s happening. Bye people.