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Georgie(who is this guy?)

South Pole solo

Tea For The Tillerman

South 86 19.766  West 81 12.202
Distance: 10.4 nautical miles –  ok on reduced time (it’s christmas!)
Elevation: 1790m
Time: 6 hours
Weather: a lovely xmas day
Snow: flat and reasonable
I took an early tea break on boxing day  (it is my christmas day today) and I knocked off after only 6 hours of skiing as my treat.  And I have been busy trying to get my fuel pump and stove in better working order….. I think I am getting there.  I also had my first cup of tea for the trip, and just sat in my tent relaxing and savouring the experience.  It is amazing how a cup of tea can give you the opportunity to sit back and take a deep breath.
I know many Mums on Boxing Day need to take a deep breath, seeing they are the ones who really make Christmas shine.  I know many of the kids will have the opportunity to play with their new toys,  free of the travel to Christmas lunches.  I know many of the Dads will swop their cup of tea with a beer. I can see TG, Gerald, Baz, Stan, Fuzzy, Axe, Deano, Bruce, Jim, John, Nos, Lamby (how’s that $200?), Blair and Simon ready for the races.  I can see Simon, Keith, Simon, Dave, Ted, Joff, Norman and Rob getting ready for the Boxing Day Test.  Most importantly I can see a great mate of mine getting ready for his recent dream for a great adventure.  Congratulations to Bruce Moncrief for getting to the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.  I watched from afar, seeing your challenges and been inspired by your adventure instinct to overcome them.  May you have a wonderful adventure.
We will talk about it over a cup of tea on my return.
Song of the Day:  Cat Stevens  ”Tea for the Tillerman”
Enjoy Boxing Day
Mark ‘Georgie’ George
categories: South Pole Solo


  1. Pamela Johnstone Dec 26, 2011

    A belated Merry Christmas, Mark. Thinking a lot of your strength & determination to get you through your journey. I’m in awe and also very proud of you. Much love, the Johnstones

  2. John Brandenberger Dec 27, 2011

    Hi Mark, Amazing trip, hope all goes well for the rest of your journey,clear skies and friendly winds,
    Cheers John and Suzanne

  3. Lachlan Goodison Dec 27, 2011

    Mate, I’ve just been told that we can send you messages – very tech savy me!
    Been following you all the way and am very envious of the natural beauty and serenity that you must be enjoying albeit doing it the VERY HARD way. It hailed in Melb. Christmas day – thanks for organising that – the kids had a ball. There is no end to your powers mate. Be safe
    Lachie G.

  4. Kate Moncrieff Dec 27, 2011

    Hiya again Georgie
    I had a message from Bruce early on boxing day before the race and when i tried to call him back was unable to get through…when we finally did speak a few minutes later he enjoyed telling me he couldn’t answer my call because he was chatting to you from the South Pole…he loved hearing from you and we think it’s amazing that you were able to do so…so far so good for him…nasty sailing conditions and a huge cyclone swell to keep it interesting but as far as we know all ok…love to you…keep safe…and cannot imagine you two sharing these stories over tea!

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