the first man, the American adventurer Colin O’Brady crossed the Antarctic alone and without AIDS. The 33-Year-old needed on cross-country skis 54 days for the 1482-kilometre-long route. He reached on Wednesday his goal on the Ross ice shelf on the Pacific ocean, after a last mighty effort: The last 125 kilometres, he put in 32 hours.
Already in 1996-1997, had crossed the Norwegian Borge Ousland, the Antarctic alone. He had, however, partly from a paraglider. O’Brady refrained from such an aid.
“Impossible Plan” for final stage
The former professional Athlete was at the 3. November started with the 49-year-old British Louis Rudd from Union glacier. Their paths separated. O’Brady, a 180-pound sled behind Duke, reached at 12. December after 40 days the South pole. The stages of his adventure was recorded by GPS and O’Brady’s website.
At Breakfast on Christmas day, he decided, the last 125 miles in one piece. “As I boiled the water for my oatmeal, I have a seemingly impossible idea,” wrote the 33-Year-old on Instagram. “I was wondering if it would be possible, all the way to the finish in one go. When I laced the boots, had become the impossible Plan of a fixed target.“
“The last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life,” wrote O’Brady’s. “It was honestly some of the best moments I’ve ever said.” The Briton Rudd was about one or two days, as O’Brady reached his goal.
The New York Times praised the performance of the adventurer as “one of the most remarkable exploits of the Polar history”. It is comparable with the race to the South pole, which had supplied the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Briton Robert Falcon Scott in 1911. In 2016, the British army officer Henry Worsley was killed in an attempt, the Antarctic alone and without the use of AIDS to cross.
That O’Brady would succeed once the crossing of the Antarctic would have been possible a few years ago: According to the information on his Website, he had had an accident in Thailand in 2008 on a quarter of his body burns. The Doctors had told him then that he would never be able to walk normal.