The adventure has reached its end
Published on 18.12.2008 - The Finnish SP Solo Expedition
After long days of waiting, Teemu Lakkasuo was finally dropped off by the ALE Twin Otter 100 km from the South Pole, so that he could trek the Last Degree.
It was such a relief for the Finn, who had been kicking his heels for what felt like ages at Patriot Hills. He would have liked to have been dropped off further to the north so that he could cover a longer distance on the ice, but ALE's logistical and administrative requirements didn't allow him to walk or ski more than 100 km.
After really suffering from the cold and the altitude, because he couldn't acclimatise sufficiently during the few days of his trek, Teemu finally reached the South Pole on 15th December. He skied for about 5 or 6 hours a day, covering 15 or so kilometres on average. This meant that it took him 8 days to do the hundred kilometres required.