Well I'm pleased to say that whilst communications have been made difficult by the extreme cold (the windchill has made it the equivalent of about -50 C) we have made excellent progress and are now just 13 nautical miles from the pole, which is a little over 20km. This is much better than we had hoped for at this stage but we've put in a couple of really big days covering more than 12 miles each. That said if you followed our tracks they would be a zig zag as we've had some huge water leads (some as much as 150m across) and ridges to deal with meaning the actual distance skiied is much further. However, the cold aside the conditions have remained excellent, with minimal wind and good visibility. It's tough but everyone is well and in great spirits and with the drift now working in our favour the plan for today is to ski for half a day then make camp and get an early start in the morning. If our luck holds this means we will be at the North pole this time tomorrow - wish us luck!
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