Day 13: Rough weather doesn't dampen spirits as the team approaches the Pole

Dr. Ross and the Test Your Limits team get a boost from seeing their final destination.

Coordinates: South 89.52, West 78

Windy, windy night with snow squalls and chaotic weather outside the tent, such that a number of the sleds were actually buried in the snow when we got up this morning. However, as has become the case with the weather magnet Diego, we woke to a sunny but cold day. As we skied, it continued to be sunny through the day. I am feeling much better and pulled my own weight today.

The first part of the skiing today was over terrain that was all higgledy-piggledy with drifts and little ups and little downs, which made the walk quite strenuous.

Halfway into the third push, like an oasis to a thirsty man crossing the Sahara desert, we were able to see some of the out buildings at the South Pole. I have to say this is very uplifting for everybody and gave everyone more energy to move forward.

We rolled into camp and set up tents. The guides had a special treat for us. They erected the group tent again and served us steak, potatoes, and vegetables. It was delicious.

Following that, it was the usual rivaled talk and laugher. Brien, who is a performer, gave a number of soliloquies of American poets adventure-based poems. It was highly entertaining.

Now we’re all just tucking in for the night knowing that tomorrow we will achieve the South Pole.

 Dr. Heather Ross is travelling to the South Pole to raise awareness for heart disease.

Follow her Journey to the Bottom of the Earth exclusively on Yahoo! Canada.

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About Dr. Ross

One of Toronto’s top cardiologists is heading to the South Pole, and Yahoo Canada News is following every step of the voyage.

Dr. Heather Ross, Director of the Heart Failure Program at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program, is venturing to the pole to raise awareness for heart failure research, cardiac transplantation and heart health.

Follow along starting Jan. 1 as Dr. Ross blogs her journey to the bottom of the Earth.

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