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Hi it is Day 1 of the expedition, and I can't tell you what an amazing place I'm in right now. If I can describe it to you- if I face South Directly informing of me is this big wall of mountains that stretch to my left and to my right and they are absolutely beautiful - some are completely snow-covered but the others closest to me have quite a lot of rock - and the rock varies Through the day the colour of tis rock. It goes from vibrant orange right through to a dark brown and then A sort of maroon colour. So I've just been watching the light change on the mountains all day As I've been skiing. Some of them have looked so close it's almost like I could go over and tramp around on the rock but I think the scale is probably abit deceptive! But the weird thing is, If I turn round, 180 degrees, and face North across the Ross Ice Shelf, it's just a flat white horizon and the sort of views I'm used to seeing in Antarctica, and so I feel as if I'm skiing a fine line between two different worlds - completely different views and different environments. I have to say, as much as I'm enjoying skiing along and looking at the mountains, it's quite satisfying to note that those mountains that were looming large over me this morning have disappeared in the horizon behind me. I made 13.5 nautical miles today which is a good start but I want to improve on that as the weight in my sledge lightens. But the weather is lovely - blue skies all day, a very light wind, so just really hoping that the weather stays like this for a little bit so that I can really get some miles under my belt and get underway before I have to start facing horrible Antarctic winds and bad weather. So, for now a good start but definite room for improvement. I'm looking forward to turn the corner tomorrow and actually go up the Leverett Glacier - so I'm looking forward to seeing what's round the next corner. Speak to you then.


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Hi it is Day 1 of the expedition, and I can't tell you what an amazing place I'm in right now. If I can describe it to you- if I face South Directly informing of me is this big wall of mountains that stretch to my left and to my right and they are absolutely beautiful - some are completely snow-covered but the others closest to me have quite a lot of rock - and the rock varies Through the day the colour of tis rock. It goes from vibrant orange right through to a dark brown and then A sort of maroon colour. So I've just been watching the light change on the mountains all day As I've been skiing. Some of them have looked so close it's almost like I could go over and tramp around on the rock but I think the scale is probably abit deceptive! But the weird thing is, If I turn round, 180 degrees, and face North across the Ross Ice Shelf, it's just a flat white horizon and the sort of views I'm used to seeing in Antarctica, and so I feel as if I'm skiing a fine line between two different worlds - completely different views and different environments. I have to say, as much as I'm enjoying skiing along and looking at the mountains, it's quite satisfying to note that those mountains that were looming large over me this morning have disappeared in the horizon behind me. I made 13.5 nautical miles today which is a good start but I want to improve on that as the weight in my sledge lightens. But the weather is lovely - blue skies all day, a very light wind, so just really hoping that the weather stays like this for a little bit so that I can really get some miles under my belt and get underway before I have to start facing horrible Antarctic winds and bad weather. So, for now a good start but definite room for improvement. I'm looking forward to turn the corner tomorrow and actually go up the Leverett Glacier - so I'm looking forward to seeing what's round the next corner. Speak to you then.

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Sounds like you got a pretty good start! Just finished you book "Call of the White". What a great book. I didn't realize how important the little things that I take for granted are in such a rugged climate. God's speed and praying for your safety.

Posted by: dwight brown 2 years ago
Be safe Felicity, and I hope you are able to focus on every splendid moment. You are in my prayers, until your safe return. I know people may say that, but YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS TONIGHT and until you are home again. I've suddenly found it hard to go about my humdrum life without worrying and thinking about Felicity waaaay down there. brrr Keep your spirits UP and take care of your head. It's your best friend. xox Always, Your New Friend,
Linda Finch

Posted by: Linda Finch 2 years ago
I am a 4th grade teacher in Mooresville NC and want my class to follow your expedition and learn many different skills throughout the process.Hoping you can communicate with us via this site and maybe set up a time to chat.I wish you all the best and we'll be watching and reading. What a great life experience for you .
Mrs. Kathy McDermott

Posted by: Mrs Mcdermott 2 years ago
Tchoo!Je souhaite que tout aille tres bien pour toi......Et vive la marche a pieds...Yvan

Posted by: Yvan Charlet 2 years ago
Just tuning in to your amazing journey. Listening to the audio updates is captivating. Like many others, I find myself thinking about how things must be where you are while I go through the normal routines of daily life.

Thank you for allowing us to join you in this inspiring and daunting adventure.

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