By MICHAEL WARREN
Jan. 24, 2012
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — This has been the busiest summer in history for Antarctic expeditions, with dozens of skiers reaching the end of the Earth to mark the centennial of man’s first journey to the South Pole.
About 20 teams set off from the South American side of the icy continent, and only one is still under way: Australians Justin Jones and James Castrission are attempting to ski to the South Pole and back to their starting point without any help whatsoever.
Alexsander Gamme of Norway was waiting for the Australians at a spot 1 kilometer (less than 1 mile) from the edge of the ice shelf at Hercules Inlet, so they can share the record of becoming the first to ski to the pole and back both unassisted (without kites, motors or now-banned dogs) and unsupported (without caches of supplies along the route). Gamme’s team told the ExplorersWeb site on Tuesday that said the three hoped to meet up in several days.
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