Sometimes we are the dumbest sons of bitches on the planet. We did not know that this woman, Lisa Blair is attempting to circumnavigate Antarctica, solo, non-stop and unassisted in her Open 50. So far, so good, but it is far from easy.
Last night was by far the coldest of the trip to date… Burr… It was so cold that when I went to bite into a mini mars bar I almost broke my teeth as it was rock solid. The honey is frozen and I managed to give myself brain freeze from drinking the water too quickly out of my water bottle… When I went to go to bed after writing the blog I was so cold that I didn’t think I would be able to get warm even in bed, so I heated up another hot water bottle and added some extra layers. I ended up sleeping in my Antarctica grade sleeping bag wearing my base layer, 2 sets of Marino wool thermals, a fleece vest and a set of the zhik midlayers which is a full body suit and a jacket. It almost makes me feel like I am walking around in a fitted sleeping bag, they are warm though. On top of this I had a beanie on, neck warmer, fleece gloves and 2 pairs of socks.
Once the hot water bottle was ready I ended up unzipping my layers back until I could put the water bottle in between my thermals and my fleece vest under most of my layers. Oh, is was so gloriously warm and after a few minutes I almost felt like I was cocooned in a heater… I fell into a much-needed deep sleep for 3 hours…
Read her blog here.
March 19th, 2017