The very strong winds of the last two days moderated during the morning and we were able to dig out the Ice Train and reassemble. We then made slow progress across an area of Blue Ice where load ferrying was necessary due to insufficient traction. We are now at the location where we have agreed to depot the Belgian Lehmann sledge (S71 26′ 26.3″, E023 36′ 23.6″). Work is continuing this evening to redistribute the cargo that is currently on this sledge. Wind speed has dropped to 3mph and the temperature to -14C.
The intention for tomorrow is to complete the load distribution and depot the sledge before moving south. Several steeper inclines are not far ahead and further relaying is expected.
Brian Newham, Ice Team Leader