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Georgie(who is this guy?)

South Pole solo

Welcome to The Mystery Tour

Location:  South Pole
A massive day yesterday and today I would like to start a brand new chapter to our adventure together.  As I explained at the start of this blog I’d broken up this adventure into two components – south pole solo – which consisted of an unsupported solo trip from Hercules Inlet. If I was successful at this main objective I would then decide if I’d had enough and it was time to come home, or if I take a resupply, pick up some kites and start a kite adventure.
I can tell you a decision on this second component has had me in emotional turmoil since Christmas.
On several occasions I have change my decision.  I explained at the start of this trip that my family instinct is stronger than my adventure instinct, and this remains so.
Due to the delay at the start of this trip and the extra days taken for my journey due to the slow snow conditions, I also find myself in a situation where there is an extremely small chance I could make it back to Hercules Inlet before the season ends and ALE last flight leaves.
And of course the reality is that I am still a novice at kite skiing and would be approaching this activity very conservatively – with lots of skiing in heavily sastrugi areas.
Having stated all that, the reality is that I also have some extra days up my sleeve before I can get my flight out of here, and my wonderful wife continues to support my travels (also stating that I won’t be getting this opportunity again!).
So the second part of this trip is going to be a mystery tour.  It will be a mystery how long it will go for.  It may go for 1 day, 5 days or 10 days before i give the call to ALE to come and get me.  It will be a mystery if the winds allow me to kite or if I go for a ski.  It will be a mystery how far I get….but what ever happens… the success of south pole solo will leave me happy and content for the rest of my days.
Every day of the mystery day will be a bonus day and another celebration, and I still hope you can continue with me on my journey.  Today I had a incredible tour of the Admundsen Scott base and I will  fill you in on that tomorrow.  Unfortunately the wind forecast might not be suffice for me to leave tomorrow and therefore I may have another day at the pole.  If the winds are weak again the following day I will put on my cross country ski’s and leave then.
Song for the Day:  Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOO8-Jp-xsg
Traaaalaaaaa  welcome to the mystery tour
Mark ‘Georgie’ George
categories: South Pole Solo


  1. Neil Christensen Jan 10, 2012

    Georgie – major congratulations on reaching the pole – amazing – but what is this I hear – threatening to wuss the return leg just when the speed kicks up?! A Tiges’ like final quarter – surely not? Then again sounds like you are doing the sensible thing and having some well earned “fun” in the propcess so go for it. Neil (for Vic Ave Gruppo)

  2. shark Jan 10, 2012

    I’m with you man, have a crack, roll the dice and see how far it gets you. You’re leaving nothing in the tank as I expected. You’re a star no matter what. Go get em!

  3. Matthew AMos Jan 10, 2012

    Sounds like a fun way to get back. Good luck can’t wait to hear more.
    I don’t know you but spending the last 45 days hooked on reading your blogs out loud most days so everyone around me hears what an amazing person you are and adventure that you have done I feel like I do. You have given me great motivation in my everyday life and with exercise knowing what you have been dealing with and what you have set out to achieve. You friend’s and your family would be so proud to know you.
    It is a proud moment to be Australian!

  4. Steve WAlton Jan 10, 2012

    Good choice. Family is always before adventure. In fact family is adventure…

  5. Elaine Mc Mahon Jan 10, 2012

    Congratulations Mark, awesome achievement, Knew you would make it, a very proud moment for your famiuly. love reading about your adventure, safe trip home, love Elaine and Michael

  6. Hairy Jan 10, 2012

    Hey Georgie, did you hear the Tigers won the flag while you were away !!!!

  7. henry Jan 11, 2012

    Seriously impressive Mark, congrats and namaste from Kame and the Sherps, and yes it’s all a MMT!

  8. TG & Jan Jan 11, 2012

    Jan & TG liked this blog very much; many wise words and you’re on the way home. Don’t leave Ben the tree frog behind, some of us will need him for psycho consultations during the wind down celebrations!! Congrats and many nautical miles of love, Jan & TG

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