Stage 5 has concluded at Telefon Bay in Antarctica with the coldest and windest stage yet. Competitors began the stage just after 8 am and ran on desert-like landscape with seals and penguins by the shore. All competitors completed the stage around 2 pm.
The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 has now concluded and competitors are enjoying a beer in the lounge as they prepare for the long journey back to Ushuaia, Argentina.
08-Nov-2014 04:42:24 AM
No running today. We have heavy winds and tons of rolling waves. I’m best when lying in my bed and that’s where I’m going back to.
06-Nov-2014 02:17:49 AM
Today we were running on Danco Island. It was a special race a zig zag (switch back, as they call it) course uphill then a short circle and down the same way. So quite some traffic on the course. Luckily the snow packed up a little bit today, which allowed from some more running than yesterday. After the race we had a chance to do a zodiac tour, where we saw icebergs very close up and saw tons of penguins and some lazy seals. Penguins are so cute when they jump out of the water. Now we’re heading up north again, as weather is presumably getting worse for the Drake passage, so we have to be closer by. So will be on sea all night, which always gives a deep (rocking) sleep. Thanks to all of you writing and thinking of me! Sending you my best regards from the most southern point I have ever been. Michael - See more at: http://www.4deserts.com
05-Nov-2014 03:04:20 AM
Today we first wanted to go somewhere else, however the channel was frozen, so we couldn’t pass. We redirected to another place, where they managed to set up a 2.2 km course. It was set up on a hill, where you could look onto the channel and on many penguins colonies with thousands of penguins. Before getting on land we saw a whale and seals, amazing to see nature so close. The course was difficult, tons of deep snow and even after several laps it didn’t pack up and stayed much like the sand in other deserts. Ernie had some difficulties with his hip and I really hope he’ll recover before tomorrow. As we have already reached the running site for tomorrow, I guess it’ll be the long stage. So off to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep tight and hear you soon. Michael - See more at: http://www.4deserts.com
Stage 1: First Day on the Antarctica
04-Nov-2014 03:08:33 AM
First day running and what an experience. We were running in 4.7 km loops and within the team. The experience was interesting and luckily we all struggled at different times. After 7.5 h we set back to the ship with little zodiacs and got completely soaked. So first I tried to get warm again, which took quite some time. Now I’m trying to get my gear dry too, by using the hair dryer. Today’s trail was on Deception Island and now we’re moving on to somewhere new. Currently we’re in the open sea again with heavy winds and water immediately freezing to ice on the windows. Landscape and wildlife wise it was magnificent. We saw the first penguins, seals, tons of birds, snow and icebergs. I’m off to bed to recover for the upcoming race tomorrow, where ever it will be. Tell you more later. Take care & sleep well Michael
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