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The polar adventurer can experience days when the sun is shining and the skies are blue and moments later be engulfed by high winds, blowing snow and a severe drop in temperature.

In Antarctica the high winds, called katabtic winds, can reach speeds in excess of 200mph. If you pulling a sledge into the wind this can be very tough work, but if you have kites this can make travel great fun! Understandably cold is a danger and in particular if your heading north you can experience temperatures of -45C, if your heading south then you will be a little warmer at around -20C.

One of the most challenging of conditions is called a 'white out'. This occurs when winds pick snow up of the ground and blow it around. If these occur when there is cloud cover progress is even more difficult with the sky and ground merging into one.






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