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Old 17-01-2010, 15:53   #16
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They had a circle of flags that you had to run around. It was also bloody cold & I was rugged up in all the cold weather gear.
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Is a circumnavigation only valid in the one direction in the same boat?
If you take as long as possible then I doubt it matters to anyone other than yourself. When you get to the end you have two choices. Keep going or calling it quits. There is no award either way. We had a man here locally that did his first and took 10 years. He then did a second and took 20 years. I would say that would be the record to beat. It does not matter which way you go. It's mostly about taking as long as is possible. Nobody needs an end of the trip.
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Old 17-01-2010, 16:23   #18
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yep there's no need to rush, it took me all my life to get this far, it can take the rest to finish the trip.

bits of the story & snaps are on my blog; madenz.blogspot.com
some good stories for the grandkids, when they happen along
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Old 17-01-2010, 22:09   #19
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They had a circle of flags that you had to run around. It was also bloody cold & I was rugged up in all the cold weather gear.
Pfffft . . . wuss! When you were down there, didn't anyone invite you to join the "300 Club?"

Here's the set-up: When the temperature drops below -100 Farenheit, those who are working at the South Pole rush to the sauna and crank it up to the maximum, +200 Farenheit. those who want to join The 300 Club go into the sauna and stay there for as long as they can - maybe 15-20 minutes. Then, before they pass out from the extreme heat, they bolt from the sauna and run naked (except for shoes, and some protection for the nose and ears) the 1/4 mile to the South Pole, around the Pole and back into the sauna, thereby experiencing an instant 300 degree temperature drop, a half mile run and a quick 300 degree temperature rise at the end. All this in just a few minutes - the amount of time it takes to complete the half mile round-trip (plus, have your picture taken at the pole if you're not in a hurry.)

The membership of The 300 Club is not huge.

To hear this for yourself, go to http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_949_Haiti.mp3 and move the little round slider over about an inch. After the Haiti earthquake report, the rest of the audio is an interview with Jerry Macala, manager of the South Pole facility in 2001-2002 - the winter that the polar station's doctor had to be airlifted out to save his life.

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Old 17-01-2010, 22:22   #20
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They had a circle of flags that you had to run around. It was also bloody cold & I was rugged up in all the cold weather gear.
Given the criteria for a certain circumnavigation being attempted at the moment, if you ran to the equator and back again and then around those flags you might qualify.
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It's official...I entered No Ties epic circumnav in the "Manual of Dubvious Circumnav's"
one may find it listed under the single handed section.

Talking dudvious...I had once read that the first person to circumnav the globe
was beleived to be a crew member of Magellans ...Maybe a south pacific native
who came to western europe through the spice routes(overland) and then signed on as
a crew member with Magellan ...Magellan did'nt make it!
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I wasn't fortunate enough to spend a winter at Pole and enjoy the dubious delights of the 300 club. Had to be content with the polar plunge at Scott Base. (-45 degC air temp, jump naked into -2 degC water, jump out very quickly and run to bar for rum, put clothes back on)
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