According to his website, Colin O’Brady has completed the first-ever solo, unsupported, unaided crossing of Antarctica. He has reportedly arrived at the Ross Ice Shelf on the Pacific Ocean.
Aaron Teasdale, writing for National Geographic:
Using solely his own muscle power, O’Brady skied 932 miles pulling a 300-pound sled over 54 frigid days across the coldest, windiest, most remote continent on Earth, crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean via the South Pole. After a remarkable 80-mile continuous push over the last two days, almost five times his strenuous daily average, he emerged from the TransAntarctic Mountains onto the Ross Ice Shelf a little before 1 p.m. EST, December 26 and stamped his name into the annals of polar lore.
In the final week of this long and perilous journey, O’Brady and Louis Rudd, 49, the British Army captain attempting the same feat, had battled life-threatening wind chills and whiteout conditions. With their thinning bodies shrinking from the effort—Rudd estimates he’s lost five inches off his already trim waist—they charged for 13 hours a day into a frozen, swirling world of white. Visibility was often so bad they could not see the ground in front of them.
50 years ago today, on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and began an incredible 312 day journey which cemented him in the history books as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, making him the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.
He completed his solo circumnavigation on 22 April 1969.
Fyodor Konyukhov is a 66-year old ordained priest who, in 2016, set a world record for the fastest solo around the globe in a hot-air balloon, has previously climbed Mt. Everest twice, and has been to the North and South Poles, believes the 21st century is off to a “disappointing” start.
Radio Free Europe (2016):
“I was 10 years old when Yury Gagarin flew [into space], and soon after that the first men walked on the moon,” Konyukhov told RFE/RL in an interview. “At the time, I was convinced that by the 21st century we would already have scientific stations on Mars and settlements on the Moon. But the 21st century came and all we do is wage war, make money, and stuff ourselves.”
The Earth’s oceans, he lamented, also remain largely uncharted.
“There are seven billion people on this planet but we lack curiosity, we don’t seek adventures,” he said. “Humans should be more curious — they should strive to discover new worlds.”
Great Big Story via YouTube:
At the age of 34, Aleksander Doba paddled his first kayak. From there began a love affair with the sea that continues nearly four decades later. Driven by a fearless curiosity, Aleksander took to exploring the world from the seat of a kayak. In 2017, at the age of 70, he kayaked across the Atlantic for the third time, spending 110 days solo at sea. His entire journey from New Jersey to Brittany, France, took him 5,039 miles across the ocean, battling tropical storms and treacherous waves. For some, his expeditions seem impossible, but with every new adventure, Aleksander discovers a new, beautiful way to see the world.
Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, set a new world record on Wednesday by ascending Mount Everest for the 22nd time.
Meanwhile, Lhakpa Sherpa, 45. reached the summit of Mount Everest for the ninth time, thereby breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s tallest peak by a woman.
More: Outside Magazine // Reuters // Associated Press
Australian Steve Plain set a new speed record for climbing the Seven Summits — the highest peaks on each continent.
That it took him only 118 days to complete the circuit would be remarkable enough. However, his achievement came just four years after he broke his neck in a surfing accident and was told that he might never walk again.
More: DW.com // The Australian
Xia Boyu of China, who lost both his feet during a failed Everest attempt in 1975, and later had both legs amputated due to cancer, finally reached the summit on prosthetic limbs yesterday on his fifth attempt.
Justin Housman, reporting at the Adventure Journal:
Last December, the Nepalese government wrote a new rule banning double amputees from obtaining permits to climb Everest. At the time, it seemed like it was the end of Chinese climber and amputee Xia Boyu’s decades-long quest to summit the world’s highest peak. But on Monday, that quest was realized.
On Monday morning, Xia finally reached the summit, along with a team of Sherpas. Xia is the first double amputee to reach Everest’s peak from the Nepal route; a fellow double amputee from New Zealand named Mark Inglis summited from the Tibet route in 2006.
Climber Who Lost Both Feet While Climbing Everest Finally Summits It 43 Years Later – Adventure Sports Network