A career soldier in Her Majesty's army, Mark Langridge is attempting the trek between Hercules Inlet and the South Pole, and then back again. He will be dropping off his own supplies for the return trip on the outward leg of the journey.


Below are all the news we published about the SoloAntarctica expedition

  • A message from the South Pole

    Published on 02.01.2009

    Solo Mark Langridge has arrived at the Pole Monday 29th December 2008. Here are some extracts of his last updates.

  • He should have reached the Pole by now…

    Published on 29.12.2008

    With no news from Mark Langridge since last Friday, and basing ourselves on his latest updates, we can only assume that he must be arriving at the Pole either today or tomorrow.

  • Not much further for Mark to climb

    Published on 22.12.2008

    When you consider the number of times that Mark Langridge mentions altitude, you'd have to think that it is pretty important to him.

  • Walnut cake with butter, please!

    Published on 17.12.2008

    Everything is going well for the solitary Mark Langridge, apart from the fact perhaps that he has begun having serious dreams about food, glorious food...

  • Mark passes through 84 degrees south

    Published on 08.12.2008

    Taking the decision to abandon his attempt on Patriot Hills to the South Pole and then back again must have been very difficult for Mark, as can be sensed from his dispatches. But despite that, he is still pressing on.

  • Major change: Mark Langridge has given up on the idea of doing Hercules Inlet to the South Pole and

    Published on 05.12.2008

    Mark was forced to take this difficult decision during the night of 25th-26th November. He had thought that he would be able to achieve his goal of reaching the Pole within 40 days, but he now realises after 18 days on the ice and 'only' 210 km covered out of a total of 1400 km that he will not be able to make it.

  • Morale is good!

    Published on 28.11.2008

    The weather is behaving itself. Mark Langridge is taking full advantage of these favorable conditions to make as much progress as he can, passing through the 81st parallel on 21st November.

  • 92.5 kilometres in 6 days

    Published on 20.11.2008

    Mark Langridge is not mucking about when it comes to the progress he is making on his expedition: he knows that if he is going to succeed with his solo return trek, he will have to keep up a certain pace, even if he has to keep on skiing while the other expeditions are tucked up snugly in their tents.

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