Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Sastrugi and schools November 22 2008

The team set their record for a day's distance today - 14.4 nm!! What a fantastic achievement. They are certainly taking advantage of the favourable conditions. Listen to Henry Worsley's report to hear about the day in detail. He attributes the improvement in distance to the position changeovers happening every 45 minutes rather than every half hour, and also to the snow conditions. He refers to sastrugi, which are are sharp irregular grooves or ridges formed on a snow surface by wind erosion.

Listeners Questions

In his report Henry also answers a couple of listener's questions - about wildlife (Caroline Burch) and the 'invisible extra man' (Frances Kay). I'm still waiting for him to answer my question about the sleeping arrangements. On the basis that they sleep line abreast, I want to know who gets the middle position, which must be the warmest! Do keep those questions coming.

100 Years ago ...

Read also Shackleton's diary entry from 100 years ago and the travails of Jameson Boyd Adams's tooth. (Thanks DWB). Incidentally I have changed the diary links so that from today onwards I will be linking by date correlation rather than by location. That is to say today's Heart of Antarctic diary entry is for 22 Nov (today's date) rather than 12 Nov which is the corresponding entry in terms of Shackleton's position being closest to our team's location today.

Schools

Over the next week I want to do what I can to promulgate information about the Expedition to as many schools as I can. I am going to produce a notice which can be printed out and pinned to noticeboards, encouraging children to visit the website, sign up for these bulletins and read about what our team are doing to commemorate the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Any thought, tips or ideas about how to maximise this would be welcomed.

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