Ask the Boys………..

How much planning was done to arrive at your 7,000 calories per day? What % do you require for protein, carbs?
If Andrew broke his ski pole was that due to his gaining weight?
Pop

Andrew answered – Hannah has been a great help in calculating our intake and type of food, We are all heavy on carbs and protein, no I did not break my ski due to weight gain it was simply trying to use it to get up after I fell!

 

How many layers do you have on and what are they (base layers, fleeces, shells)?  When you’re all dressed and ready to leave the tent, do you feel like you are (a) in a sauna, (b) in a bath after the bathwater’s gone cold or (c) in Antarctica? Lindsey Taylor

Richard answered – We wear a base layer a fleece layer and a shell layer, plus when you stop you put on an extra down jacket.  When you leave your tent you definitely know its Antarctica!! – however when you are skiing there has been days when its sunny and fairly still you can strip down to your base and fleece.

 

Guys, it’s so inspiring to follow your quest!  Could you tell me how you know when to listen to yourselves, to throw out former plans and make a new plan?  How do you know when to just follow sheer willpower and push on?  How do you manage that balance?  Cheers – LouAnn Muir

Andrew answered – Each day is scheduled so we march for the same amount of time no matter what, we don’t worry about mileage.  There are too many things we cannot control and this is what determines how the days go.  We can’t control the weather, the terrain, the altitude and our health on the day.  We do always ensure we have food for any extra days just in case!  We split the day up into six x 75 minute marches and the last march is definitely the hardest!

 

Describe your sleeping gear. What do you have on the base of the tent? Is it so cold you don’t have to worry about melting snow underneath your sleeping bag?
Pop

Andrew answered – We put our tent up on the bare ground and then in the tent we have 2 layers of sleeping mats to ensure we do not melt the snow.  Here we are in our 2 tents, we have to keep them far enough apart to allow the wind and snow to pass and to prevent it building up between us.

When you are ready to be brought home-is there a landing strip at the pole-and what size/type plane is it? Are you still on for a 5th Jan flight?  It must be a wonderful feeling after all these miles to get to the point where a lot of people do ‘the trek to the pole’-the last 97 miles. Wonderful achievement and the money raised is amazing.xx Vanessa & Chris

Alan answered – There is a small landing strip at the pole as they use it to ship in supplies for the camps there.  We are taking the same type of small otter plane home as which we arrived.

 

Headed over to see Brad’s kid, Fin, he is 1 1/2 years old.
What was the youngest person to do a similar trek to the South Pole, for that matter the oldest?
Pop

Andrew answered – Its funny you ask this as it’s only recently that the youngest person to reach the pole has been broken by a 16 year old!  Amelia Hempleman-Adams broke the record on 9th December 2011.  She is the 16 year old daughter of British adventurer David Hempleman-Adams who was the first Briton to reach the South Pole solo and unsupported, her father accompanied her on the expedition. See more here.  The oldest man, Mike Cross, is also British and completed the challenge at the age of 60 and suffers from type 1 diabetes. See more here.

 

Hi guys – Merry Christmas!  You guys are amazing – congratulations on getting so far! Thinking of you all!
Here are some questions:
All – what’s been the hardest day you’ve had so far and why?  Have there been any moments that you were re-thinking your decision to do this trip?
Andrew/Richard – what are you most looking forward to doing when you get back in to Boston? (mainly so we can have it ready for you!) Jen Novak

Richard answered – The hardest day by far was a couple of weeks back, just after our second resupply, where we had a complete white out and really low temperatures, that was hard to keep going.  There have been no moments whilst we have been out here that we have re-thought our decision to do this, we all feel so lucky to be here and have put a lot of hard work to get to Antarctica!  However there were many times in the planning process where I think we all thought better about the expedition.

 

What has been your best experience so far and the worst?
Merry Christmas, from a guide dog puppy raiser for GDB. Keep up the good work. Be safe. If you get cold, think of puppies…..
Cheryl and 7month old pup in training, Citrus

Richard answered – The hardest day I have answered in the question from Jen, but in terms of the best experience it has to be initially landing in Antarctica, we were all so excited! Something I will always remember…..

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