South Pole from the Ronne Ice Shelf

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A duo on the ice

A duo on the ice

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The veteran Canadian Arnold Witzig (60) has recruited the famous explorer Hannah McKeand to assist and guide him from the Ronne Ice Shelf to the South Pole.

Known in polar jargon as the ‘Messner Start', this is a different route to the classic Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. It was inspired by the great epic adventure of crossing the Antarctic continent achieved by Reinhold Messner in 1989. This particular route is slightly shorter -580 miles instead of 700- and starts at a point located at 82°10' S / 65°00' W on the Ronne Ice Shelf.

Arnold Witzig is a Canadian architect, aged 60, who lives in Vancouver. After conquering Everest in 2002, he is planning to climb the seven summits. On this occasion, Witzig has asked Hannah McKeand to be his guide to the South Pole.

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