Monthly Archives: January 2012

Greetings to the Expedition from the South Pole’s Centre

A Chronicle from Carlos Pobes, a Spanish scientist, resident in the Amundsen-Scott’s base. January 31st of 2012. There is certainly no shortage of scientists—and I count myself among them—who are passionate about everything to do with Nature and Adventure; and, …
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ACCIONA Windpowered Antártica covered 3,500km in just 34 days, 300 of them in a single day and 500 in two days. Let’s look at the benefits

Juanma Viu What we’re seeing is more than just another record being broken—we’re looking at objective data with which to compare the efficiency of this vehicle with other initiatives. I thought it might be useful to take a look, in …
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Larramendi and his polar catamaran reach their Antarctic journey

barrabes.com New success of the new version of Ramón Larramendi’s polar catamaran, which has been proven as a perfect solution for loaded zero emissions movements through that kind of territories. The Acciona WindPowered Antarctica 90º Expedition finished on January 17th: …
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The ACCIONA Windpowered Antarctica Expedition successfully completes its polar crossing

The ACCIONA team ends its 3,500km crossing of the South Pole using only a wind-drawn sled The expedition members took a number of ice and air samples to scientifically determine the effects of climate change Madrid, January 16th 2012. Today …
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1,300m above sea-level. Mountains, heat and not much wind

Ramón Larramendi It’s surprising how gradually you descend as you move away from the South Pole. On January 9th in the space of 100km we dropped more than 500 meters. This doesn’t happen from one moment to the next; it’s …
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The wanderings of an Antarctic photographer: Juanpa’s finger

Javier Selva Looking through the viewfinder of my camera I can see a very sore-looking finger. I’m trying to capture the scene in this makeshift operating theater in the tent. My wide-angle also takes in the really worried look on …
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Three Kings Night

Ignacio Oficialdegui, January 5th. First and foremost, my congratulations to my friend Jesús; quite apart from his other virtues, Jesús has always been in the rearguard on all my Polar incursions, taking charge of the more mundane aspects of my …
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Adventures of an Antarctic photographer: The South Pole and my hometown’s celebrations.

Javier, January 4 We have made it to the South Pole. We can scratch one of our goals—the main one—off the list. Now we must continue on to Patriot Hills to culminate our Antarctic crossing in this unique wind-propelled vehicle. …
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Wanderings of an Antarctic Photographer: It’s already night-time in Chile

Javier Selva It seems as if no one realizes; as we’re now concentrating on eating the first piece of meat in 40 days; but the evening light comes through the hotel’s window and it dissolves bit by bit, and again …
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Even so, it’s perfect and beautiful

Ignacio Oficialdegui The Transantarctica expedition is finally over. It seemed hard to believe while we were on our way to the South Pole and then making the return leg of the journey. Now we’ve done it, it all seems very …
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Coincidences in Antarctica: a hundred years after Scott’s arrival to the Pole

blogs.elpais.com By: Paco Nadal Tomorrow, January 17th of 2012, coinciding with my come back home, after two weeks wondering around Antarctica, will be the centenary of Robert Falcon’s British expedition to the South Pole.
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Progress update on our scientific projects

Juan Pablo Albar Without a doubt, our arrival at the South Pole on board a wind-propelled, zero emissions vehicle came as an enormous emotional milestone for the expedition team whose ultimate goal was to complete the trans-Antarctic crossing from Novolazareskaya …
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On katabatic winds and people from Albacete

Ignacio Oficialdegui A close look at a map of Antarctica with contour lines will show you that we are in a very steep area; in fact, today we’ve dropped around 300 meters. Despite that, it still feels as though we’re …
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The South Poles

Javier, January 5 You join an expedition. You do several thousand kilometers (2,400 to be precise). You suffer the cold temperatures, in other words you almost freeze to death. You forego sleep for almost 20 days. You survive several storms …
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90° S breaking records

By Ignacio Oficialdegui Geographic South Pole! We’ve made it to the exact spot kiting on our sled, something really difficult and unexpected, given the complexity of rules and infrastructures that surround the much coveted destination. This is no doubt a …
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The wanderings of an Antarctic photographer: Rescuing picture memories from Antarctica

Javier Selva A few months ago I was lucky enough to publish an article in the US magazine “Alpinist” on a climb I did in Alaska. The experience proved to be memorable, more so because of the editor, Katie Ives, …
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WE’VE DONE IT!

Ramón Larramendi We’ve reached our final destination, but it’s a strange feeling, a mixture of euphoria and longing. Especially after the uncertainty of the past few days; the bad weather slowed us down and the grey, cloudy skies made us …
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So near and yet so far. Taking on the “Great White”

Ramón Larramendi It’s a strange feeling when you’re very close to the end of an expedition, a mixture of nerves and the desire to arrive at your destination; and, above all, you tend to see problems and potential setbacks in …
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The hands of the Expedition’s “scientist”

Juan Pablo Albar As many regular followers of this Expedition (and to whom we send out our thanks from these Polar wilds) are aware, the team’s Scientific Projects Manager/Coordinator has hardly been prolific in his use of this communication channel …
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Leaving the Geographic South Pole behind, moving downhill gradually

Ramón Larramendi, January 8th 2012 When the time came for us to leave the South Pole behind, wind conditions were worse than forecast. So we set off at a crawl, making a few kilometers headway as best we could and …
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Tour of the Amundsen-Scott base

Ramón Larramendi, January 3 After reaching the South Pole we have finally had time to rest. What we really missed most was being able to sleep without being in motion, and being able to relax completely, so we slept almost …
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THE SOUTH POLE AT LAST! 500 km in 50 hours

January 1, 2012, 10 a.m. 90°S. The South Pole. After 50 frantic hours to take advantage of exceptionally good wind and terrain conditions, we have reached the South Pole. We finally arrived after covering 2,200 km in 19 days and …
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