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Successful first crossing of the Antarctic alone and without aids

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Washington / Antarctica - The US adventurer Colin O'Brady was the first person to cross Antarctica alone and without aids. The 33-year-old needed 54 days on cross-country skis for the 1,482-kilometer route. On Wednesday, he reached his destination on the Ross Ice Shelf on the Pacific Ocean after a last tremendous effort: he covered the last 125 kilometers in one piece in 32 hours.

The Norwegian Børge Ousland had already crossed the Antarctic alone in 1996/97, but was partially pulled by a paraglider. O'Brady did without this aid.

The former professional athlete started on November 3rd from the Union Glacier at the same time as the 49-year-old Briton Louis Rudd. Their ways then parted. O'Brady, pulling a 180 kilogram sled behind him, reached the South Pole on December 12 after 40 days. The stages of his adventure were recorded by GPS and published on colinobrady.com.

In one go

At breakfast on Christmas Day, he decided to cover the last 125 kilometers in one go. "When I was boiling the water for my porridge, I had a seemingly impossible idea," the 33-year-old wrote on Instagram. "I was wondering if it would be possible to go all the way to the goal in one go. When I laced my boots, the impossible plan had become a fixed goal."

"The last 32 hours have been some of the most challenging hours of my life," wrote O'Brady. "But to be honest, it was also some of the best moments I've ever had." The Briton Rudd was about a day or two ago when O'Brady reached his destination.

The "New York Times" recognized the US adventurer's achievement as "one of the most remarkable exploits in polar history". It is comparable to the race to the South Pole that the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the British Robert Falcon Scott had fought in 1911. In 2016, the British Army officer Henry Worsley was killed trying to cross Antarctica alone and without aids. (APA, AFP, December 28, 2018)