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Tumminello updates progress from Antartica

Steamboat Springs adventurer Doug Tumminello has started on his quest to ski from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole. He’s towing all the supplies he’ll need for the trip and blogging as he goes.

Things got off to a slow start when weather delayed his plan to start the trip late last month. He’s on the ground now, however.

Here’s a collection of his most recent blog post, reprinted with his permission:

Saturday —

Hello from Union Glacier! The plane ride from Punta Arenas (Chile) took 4.5 hours, and it was spectacular to look out over the Antarctic Peninsula as we approached.

The weather is clear–blue skies with a soft breeze. I spent the afternoon setting up camp, sorting gear and checking systems. If all goes well, I might be able to fly to the Hercules Inlet tomorrow to get underway.

Union Glacier is a snow-filled valley framed by mountains–quite scenic. My gear made it, so that’s great news! There are probably 20-30 ALE staff here — mechanics, pilots, cooks, etc., and a number of other folks on various expeditions — scientific, photography, etc.

Sending all my best from Antarctica.

P.S. Although it’s below 0 outside, it’s a balmy 42 in my tent because of the sun.


My first “real” day on the ice has been quite the challenge — soft snow, complete white out and big elevation gain. I was only able to make about 6 miles today with the difficulties. (It was) a trying day spent staring at my compass, numerous times having to unstick the pulk from sastrugi and fighting the wind.

Suffice it to say that I was never bored — just keeping a good fix on my location and direction was almost all-encompassing.

It’s below 0 outside, and a stiff wind is blowing. I’m finally in my tent and making dinner! But, to add insult to the difficulties, somehow I’ve managed to misplace a down tent bootie for my foot. How it’s possible to lose something in a tiny tent is beyond me, but it is possible!

So it goes, but my attitude is great and my body feels fine. Difficulties are just challenges to overcome! Thanks for the well-wishes and prayers — much appreciated. Here’s to an easier day tomorrow? If not, so be it!

Wednesday —

Another rough day in bad conditions — white out so bad I couldn’t tell up from down, soft snow and pulling uphill. It took 8 hours to make 3 miles.

Developed a bad blister because my right foot keeps rolling out. But hey — at least I’m eating dinner now! Hopefully tomorrow will get smoother.

Thinking of my Yampa Valley Gives crew here in Colorado Gives Day!

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