Counting Down – 3 & 2 Days to the Start of the Last Desert Race in Antarctica

Exploring Ushuaia

Wednesday, 29 October & Thursday, 30 October 2014

Greetings from Ushuaia

I am finally in Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina. It was long trip from San Francisco via Houston and Buenos Aires, including an unscheduled stop-over in Montevideo due to bad weather conditions in Buenos Aires.

The ship to Antarctica departs on Saturday morning and I therefore have a few days to explore Ushuaia and get acclimatized.

Ushuaia is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and we had light snow fall for most of Thursday. It is a beautiful setting, and obviously a total different experience for someone from sunny South Africa.

Ryan Hill, a fellow Antarctica runner and friend from the Sahara and Gobi desert races, and I are staying at the same guesthouse and we went for an 8km run this afternoon. It was a first opportunity to test my running gear and experience running in the cold. It was good to stretch the legs after the long flights of the previous day and see a bit of Ushuaia.

I felt fairly comfortable running in the many layers of clothing required for these conditions. But the weather changes very quickly – from sunny to cloudy to snowy – and when the wind blows there is definitely a sudden change in temperature. Running in Antarctica will be an interesting experience to say the least!

Ryan and I are planning to go run in the mountains on Friday morning and the scenery will no doubt be spectacular.

Remember to support my fundraising campaign for a Greenpeace Africa solar street lighting project in Diepsloot and encourage others to do the same.

The countdown to Antarctica continues…

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I’m excited about the race in Antarctica and the challenge of raising R250 000 for a Greenpeace Africa solar energy project, and encourage you to support my efforts and the work of Greenpeace Africa!

Please make a donation and encourage others to do the same.

“Together we can make a difference!”

Follow updates about my preparations for The Last Desert Race, and work with Greenpeace Africa, on Facebook and Twitter, my daily blog, and via Greenpeace Africa’s  various online platforms.

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About David Barnard

This blog site covers my runs through the deserts of the world in support of social causes and campaigns dedicated to development issues in Africa. My next run is the 250km Big Red Run in Australia from 24-29 June 2017 in support of the Hippo Water Roller.
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