On the first of July, five teams set out to walk, run, ski, swim or row 2500 kilometres, the distance from Mawson station to the South Pole.
At the end of the first week, and following some major competition at Mawson station, the stats were:
- Remediation Rampage — 603 kilometres (orange)
- Casey White Walkers — 679 kilometres (green)
- The Gumboot Ramblers — 502 kilometres (purple)
- Team Davis — 500 kilometres (red)
- Team Mawson — 1267 kilometres (blue)
Here at Mawson we had some early injuries and with only nine people on our team, we were a bit worried about keeping up. The competitive spirit is alive and well though with Tony D and Dr Mal clocking up over 400 kilometres each this week with multiple gym sessions every day! We are waiting with bated breath on station to see if they cause themselves an injury or if they make it to the South Pole on their own.
If we were actually walking we would have left the Casey Ranges (pictured) far behind and would have nearly reached the Prince Charles Mountains.
It is great to see all the teams getting involved, the gym so busy that we nearly need a booking sheet and people getting sweaty and energetic. We will be summer ready in no time.
Meanwhile elsewhere on station there was reports of a tumbleweed spotted in the bar area after 8 pm yesterday…