As often on expeditions, life is defined by weather. We leave control behind and give in to what nature presents to us. It gives us wind.
Back to mountaineering. This is big. Seeing Antarctica is a big dream, and finishing 7 summits is – hard to grasp. I almost don’t want to finish it because then it’s ‘done’.
Antarctica is not any country. It’s really in the middle of nowhere at the tip of the earth. There’s no towns or villages, or where we are going definetly no houses or ‘hotels’. We will sleep in tents, and probably not shower for the next few weeks. There’s also no water. We’ll melt snow to drink, and it will be like drinking a bit of Antarctica!
Antarctica is governed by a treaty signed by 12 countries and has a lot of rules of how to keep the continent clean and pristine. For instance it’s not allowed too pee just anywhere. Pee bottles has to be carried around all expedition, so you can’t pee more than you have bottles to fill. You are obviously not allowed to trow trash or smoke cigaretts on the ground. Your boots and crampons has to be washed and desinfected from dirt and soil in order to not bring any new pests to Antarctica. There’s no hospital. Emergency evacuation can take days. This is for real.
As per usual I don’t know anyone in the group. It’s 9 men and 1 more woman on the team. 3 of them are already on the ice having skied the last degree to the southpole (!) They all seem nice. We’ll get along because we have a very big common interest.
As it’s so far away there’s obviously no internet or facebook feeds. Yay!! But I have the honor of testing a little satellite communication device Iridium GO from Telemar to which I can use a app so send e-mails to this blog and maybe twitter in order to keep you up to date what’s going on in the expedition.
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! As Ola Skinnarmo’s last advice to me “focus on your fingers” (It will get very very very cold -40). And it will probably be very very amazing anyway!