A tough but satisfying day today. The first part of the landmass of the Antarctic continent we’re encountering as we move onto land from the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf is the Ford Ice Piedmont. This huge bulge of ice covering low lying land needs to be traversed before we can pass into the mountains beyond. Rising in terraces covered in an incredibly uneven surface of snow with bulges, ridges, troughs and drifts, it made for hard going. The mountains were sometimes clearly visible, sometimes hidden by the curve of the rising land. We persisted though and the gradient seems to be levelling out and the mountains getting ever nearer. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be camped at the base of the Wujek Ridge itself. Good day today but very hard uphill all day. Tired now and ready for dinner.

Suunto Stats

Skiing Time 9h 15mins

Distance 23.04kms


Average HR 110

Max HR 156

Calories burned 6143


Average HR 110

Max HR 152

Calories burned 6220

The prominent Stage 2 U-shaped breaches in the arête of Wujek Ridge can be seen on the left of the photograph.

Image from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Panorama-of-the-Davis-Valley-left-and-Forlidas-valley-unofficial-name-right-looking_fig11_259424346