Matthias Haunholder: Freeskiing at the South Pole
500 kilometers on foot and kite wing from Union Glacier Camp to the Ellsworth Mountains and back. Peaks over 4,000 meters high to conquer in search of the best freeride descents. Six weeks at -15 to -50 °C. Possible snowstorms with wind speeds up to 300 km/h. Three men alone in the endless expanse: Matthias Mayr, Matthias "Hauni" Haunholder and cameraman Johannes Aitzetmüller.
During our skiing adventures in the most extreme and coldest places on earth, frostbite can be life threatening. During our last Antarctic expedition "No Man's Land - Expedition Antarctica" we were able to eliminate the risk of frostbite on our toes with the heated socks from Lenz.
This was urgently needed for our cameraman in particular, as he usually had to wait a long time on the spot to get the shots in the box. For us, too, the heat socks 5.0 toe cap were an urgent necessity because our ski boots could only offer limited insulation.
The wearing comfort and the handling of the heated socks were perfect. The lithium packs rcp 1800 batteries lasted even on the coldest days and provided sufficient heat throughout the day. Over "night" (we had 24 hours of daylight in the Antarctic) we were able to easily recharge the lithium packs rcp 1800 with our solar panels and battery packs. After all, we spent 18 days in the mountains and valleys of Antarctica and never had any problems with the batteries, which admittedly I was a little skeptical about in advance.
The dry cold in Antarctica was very insidious! Especially if you were constantly on the move like we were, the cold on your body could be endured to some extent with good clothing. However, the outer extremities, especially fingers and toes, are very vulnerable to the cold. Despite the fact that we are already used to a lot and can handle the cold well, we have become very cautious in this regard. Our experiences from Siberia, where we skied at -55C°, have shown us that frostbite on fingers and toes can happen quickly.
For this reason, we did not want to do without the Lenz heating products on our Antarctic expedition.
The success of this expedition is partly due to the Lenz sock heaters.