A message from the South Pole

Published on 02.01.2009 - SoloAntarctica

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

Message of day 49 (Dec 29th) : "After 49 days, 700 miles, ascending 3 000 meters in a freezing white wilderness, Mark Langridge becomes the 8th person to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported journey to the South Pole. After completing the remaining 13 nm, Mark reached the Pole at 20.30 GMT pitching his tent some 50 meters from the Pole. He now awaits the flight back to Patriot Hills base camp which may take a few days to arrive then back to Punta Arenas before heading home. He is presently stuffing his face full of cakes and Pringles from a food cache left behind previously! ..."

Message of day 50 (Dec 30th) : "It has taken me 49 days (with 4 days lost due to weather) to achieve my dream of walking to the South Pole. My daily distance with the full return journey weight was averaging at 7nm and once I made the decision that I was not going to be able to achieve the return journey, my average daily distance was 14,2 nm as I now had only one way supplies to haul on the pulk. I still have 10 days reserve food and fuel and have used less than 7 litres of fuel, 140 ml a day altough I had planned for 225 ml per day! I have had a glimpse of what Scott and Shackleton went through and can only admire their bravery and endurance..."

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