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Howard Fairbank


South African / Australian


Polar Sled! No boat this time!


Antarctic Coast to South Pole Solo 2011


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Previous Diary Entries

Date Subject Position
2011
Dec 2011
Sat 31 Dec 10:48 The Finale: Ruth and I together again! 89:60.00S 0:16.00W
Fri 30 Dec 19:30 I finally awoke from a long deep sleep...! And a big decision now made... 89:60.00S 0:16.00W
Wed 28 Dec 00:30 Day 34.9!: I've arrived at the Bottom of the World! 89:59.99S 0:16.00W
Tue 27 Dec 16:52 Day 35.5: I'm standing at the South Pole...Mission completed!
Mon 26 Dec 22:53 Day 35: What a day...!! That's all I can say here..Read all about it below...! 89:50.84S 74:49.85W
Sun 25 Dec 08:08 Day 34: The Whitest Christmas I'll ever have...! No Father Christmas so I gave myself a present! 89:37.35S 80:35.81W
Sun 25 Dec 02:04 Day 33: An important day....I can now 'feel' the POLE! 89:22.37S 81:26.75W
Sat 24 Dec 01:32 Day 32: Mother Nature decides my pace.....Storm again! 89:02.47S 81:28.67W
Fri 23 Dec 01:42 Day 31: Closer and close, but not easier! 88:54.87S 81:31.55W
Thu 22 Dec 00:27 Day 30: Let Free, and a great day's skiing! 88:36.33S 81:21.68W
Wed 21 Dec 21:41 Day 29: I didn't need this one: Tent bound...Whiteout. No visibility, snowing and windy 88:17.61S 81:55.45W
Tue 20 Dec 03:13 Day 28: Freedom , capitulation and prisons...A different day! 88:13.96S 81:30.71W
Mon 19 Dec 02:59 Day 27: This is starting to get REAL tough..I fought for every footstep today! 88:00.77S 82:00.45W
Sun 18 Dec 02:15 Day 26: A Cold windy day... 31.5 km though! 87:44.70S 82:30.49W
Fri 16 Dec 22:18 Day 25: I stayed put and became a Sastruggi....! 87:27.78S 82:39.25W
Fri 16 Dec 00:48 Day 24: A much needed, Good Solid One! 87:27.78S 82:39.25W
Thu 15 Dec 02:18 Day 23: No party for me on Amundsen 'day': An important mental victory though... 87:11.70S 82:12.43W
Wed 14 Dec 00:53 Day 22: Today I found Hell in Antarctica, and distance shows..... 86:55.00S 82:23.75W
Tue 13 Dec 01:16 Day 21: Not much happened today...but that's good! 86:39.91S 82:20.34W
Mon 12 Dec 00:13 Day 20: Exhilarating skiing, Antartica tests my spirit... 86:23.78S 82:35.36W
Sun 11 Dec 00:27 Day 19: Another Amundsen one...That's nice! 86:07.64S 82:32.19W
Sat 10 Dec 01:39 Day 18: Halfway and a good one! 85:52.80S 82:25.80W
Fri 09 Dec 01:11 Day 17: Back at work, and a day of 'everything'.... 85:37.23S 82:18.00W
Wed 07 Dec 12:05 Day 16: Freedom in Antarctica...'Simply Adventure' is alive and well... 85:21.74S 82:21.67W
Wed 07 Dec 00:47 Day 15: Two great distance days, with no problems..... 85:19.67S 80:19.98W
Tue 06 Dec 11:36 Midnight skiing brings a 30km day.... 85:04.19S 79:59.40W
Tue 06 Dec 04:15 Day 14....Well half of it.... 84:55.82S 79:33.60W
Mon 05 Dec 06:30 Day 13! The first uneventful day...rest! 84:48.64S 79:07.78W
Sun 04 Dec 06:36 Day 12: First crevasse and I lose my way! 84:37.23S 77:59.49W
Sat 03 Dec 00:54 Day 11: Goood news i 've got my sled back! 84:25.91S 76:44.45W
Fri 02 Dec 06:43 D10: Hey man, today was the toughest yet...but yippee the pole was perfect! 84:14.18S 75:24.07W
Thu 01 Dec 03:58 Day 9: A big one.....!!. 84:03.19S 74:19.14W
Nov 2011
Wed 30 Nov 01:33 Day 8: The real game begins! Hmmm, I WILL get to the Pole unsupported, no matter what..... 83:49.44S 73:13.20W
Tue 29 Nov 04:15 Day 7: So much variety today, I think I'm overstimulated now! 83:37.26S 72:17.61W
Mon 28 Nov 01:40 Day 6: Sastruggi and Sled Problems, but another 30km day! 83:26.05S 71:06.45W
Mon 28 Nov 00:01 Day 5: An epic struggle, but that whisky coctail is well deserved tonight! 83:11.85S 70:00.76W
Thu 24 Nov 01:02 Day 4: The Rules have all changed! 82:58.08S 68:48.50W
Wed 23 Nov 02:25 Day 3: Nature shows me some of the 82:47.68S 67:36.00W
Mon 21 Nov 23:39 Day 2: The Struggle to accept the wide open nothingness! 82:35.26S 66:28.40W
Mon 21 Nov 01:09 From my 1st camp on the ice! 82:25.90S 65:04.84W
Sun 20 Nov 00:55 The Start: Messner Start Point ,Antarctic Coast 82:22.07S 64:42.49W
Sat 19 Nov 20:56 I Start Tomorrow...!! 79:45.62S 82:51.50W
Fri 18 Nov 18:59 Touch down on Antarctica: and a perfect day! 79:45.62S 82:51.50W
Thu 17 Nov 18:08 LATEST: Saturday Departure for Antarctica looking Good! 53:10.01S 70:54.81W
Wed 16 Nov 21:54 DELAYED due to no flying conditions into Antarctica. 53:10.01S 70:54.81W
Mon 14 Nov 11:14 Set to be delayed in Punta Arenas as Antarctica becomes unapproachable! 53:10.01S 70:54.81W
Sun 06 Nov 18:21 The Final Day before leaving Cape Town 34:07.03S 18:27.59E
2007
Sep 2007
Sat 01 Sep 07:37 Day 35: What a day...!! That's all I can say here..Read all about it below...! 89:50.84S 74:49.85W
Sat 01 Sep 07:31 Day 35: What a day...!! That's all I can say here..Read all about it below...! 89:50.84S 74:49.85W
Sat 01 Sep 07:05 Day 34: The Whitest Christmas I'll ever have...! No Father Christmas so I gave myself a present! 89:37.35S 80:35.81W
Sat 01 Sep 03:36 Day 31: Closer and close, but not easier! 88:54.87S 81:31.55W