Hedrich forced to give up…
Published on 17.12.2007 - Opération Pole Sud
The attempt on the crossing record that Charles Hedrich was making (1310 km in 34 days) is no longer feasible.
The Frenchman has had no luck at all: just as he was in the process of making up for lost time (he had already covered 420 km in 12 days) and had made his way to the top of the polar plateau, where he could expect more consistent winds to help him on his way, the adventurer succumbed to a nasty urinary infection.
He took the antibiotics that he had with him in his first aid kit, but to no avail. Hedrich then tried to continue for a number of days, but was hampered by a high temperature.
There was no point in risking his life and so on 16th December, Charles Hedrich took the decision to head for Patriot Hills taking the shortest route. The following day, 17th December, he was still 520 km from ALE's tourist base.