As the first person in the U.S. 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.

The former professional Athlete from Portland in the US state of Oregon was on 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 published.

Selfie of Colin O’Brady

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.

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The “New York Times” praised the performance of the US 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. The 55-year-old had given up only 48 kilometers from the finish and to help to call. A little later he died in a hospital.

For O’Brady’s, it was not the first challenge to this quality – he has dedicated himself to the end of his career as a triathlete on the extreme record-breaking tours in the snow, ice and Rock. He holds the record for the Seven Summits: In only 132 days, he climbed the highest mountains on the seven continents. The mountain climbers are included in this marathon test Oceania (4884 meters high Puncak Jaya) as one’s own “continent”, to come to the mythical “7”. He managed also the “Three Poles Challenge” in best of time: For the North pole, South pole and Mount Everest, the restless O’Brady needed 131 days.


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