Team 3 Below Zero arrives at the South Pole.

Day 48-DSC_2925-smallWe’re at the South Pole! Yes, it’s Day 48 and you may have already heard. We have arrived at the South Pole (10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time). Oh my gosh, today was, was another tough day thrown at us. It was the coldest day that we’ve ever had here. It was -50 below with the wind chill, Fahrenheit. So that was very, very stressful to deal with the cold. Marty’s hands were really cold most of the day as we traveled. We did not take our regular breaks to eat because it was just too cold. We were afraid to get so cold. We ended up just barely eating anything and, you know, basically you’re almost at the pole and then you have to turn left, ski away from it and then go around. So we kind of had a tour, a circular tour of the pole before we could actually pull in here. But, we even threw on our big down jackets as we did the final leg to get in, just to get warm.

So right before we got here we pulled out the sat phone. And we called Keenan and let him know that we were here and that was really an emotional moment for us.

Excuse me, the company that flew us here, (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions, A.L.E.) has a, kind of like a luxury tent set up. It’s heated. There are tables and chairs and It feels luxurious just like a tent, but it’s heated. There are tables and chairs and they had all this food prepared so that was just so awesome when we got here and got to have that. And, you know, now we get to sleep in these tents they already have set up so we don’t have to pull our tent out.

So basically we will be here tonight, tour the South Pole Station tomorrow and fly back to Union Glacier, (A.L.E. base camp) tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting. And we’ll be, hopefully, on our way back home to Chile and Seattle soon.

So we’re just so happy to be done. So proud of what we were able to accomplish, and most of all we hope we inspired some of you that have been following along. You guys just been awesome and just the support that everybody’s given us has been amazing and we just can’t say enough for what everybody has done to help us to get here. Well, Marty says all the emotions are coming out now. He keeps crying at different moments realizing just what an accomplishment and the stress, it’s kinda coming out of our bodies now. So that’s if for today. It’s a great day. Thanks for following, bye.

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  • Kristin Pastoriza
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    Congratulations Chris & Marty! What an outstanding accomplishment! See you soon!

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Kristin! And thanks for your encouragement and for following along. Love it!

  • Christopher P Michel
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    Congratulations Marty & Chris!!! An incredible and inspirational accomplishment!!! So proud of you!

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Chris! And thanks for sharing some of your photos with us!

  • Miriam Kroschel
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    We are so incredibly HAPPY for you!

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Miriam and thanks for all of your encouragement and prayers along the way. It means a lot to us!

  • Bridget Burgess
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    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment and very fun to follow! So happy for you both!

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Bridget!

  • Van
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    WELL DONE
    C H A M P A G N E

    Van

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks Van! And thanks for all of your encouragement and for following along!

  • Ken & Dee Tillman
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    It has been fascinating following your adventures. An outstanding achievement. Congratulations on your success. Your blogs have been wonderful. We are looking forward to following your return trip to Seattle. Relax for a few days until you take off on your next adventure! Will there be a book and/or documentary?
    Our Virginia friend, Joe Rokus, has been following your daily blogs also. We have enjoyed discussing your trip with him almost every day as he has been to Antarctica and the South Pole and is awed with your accomplishment. He points out that he and his family flew there! Much easier. Ken & Dee Tillman

  • Ruth Storm
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    Hurrah! Well done Chris and Marty! What an accomplishment. I enjoyed following your story and reliving my own ski of the Messner Route 2 years ago.
    You’ve achieved something very special together. That’s just terrific.
    Savour and enjoy now,
    Ruth Storm

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Ruth. Since you’ve been there, you could probably read into the blogs and know more of what we were experiencing. Hard to capture it all in a 3 minute blog each day. Thanks for following along!

  • Ken Brinck
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    Congratulations Marty and Chris. This is an unbelievable accomplishment. Hope to see you soon.

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Ken!

  • Tom and Tina Sjogren
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    From one South Pole couple to another: Great work! Congratulations!
    Tom & Tina

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Tom and Tina!

  • sean
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    Congratulations Chris and Marty!!! What an accomplishment. Have a safe trip home and hope to hear more when you are back.

  • Jerry chambliss
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    I am so happy for the both of you. Where in the name of all that is holy does two people find the strength to do what you did.

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks Jerry! Our strength came from deep inside ourselves and from all of the love and support we received along the way!

  • Carmen Sanchez
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    Hi Marty and Chris. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    It is an amazing accoplishment.
    See you soon in Snoqualmie.
    Carmen

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Carmen! And thanks for all of the support you gave to Keenan at school!

  • Karl Triebes
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    Congratulations on this amazing achievement and one for the record books!! Truly a testimony to stamina and determination. Safe travels back from your expedition across the frozen continent.

    • Chris Fagan
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      Thanks so much Karl, and thanks for following along!

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