Yesterday October 31, Brit Lou Rudd touched down on the ice to begin his ‘Spirit of Endurance’ expedition with the goal to be the first person to cross Antarctica solo – unsupported and unassisted. (For more information on the previous team or assisted crossings see www.adventurestats.com).
Rudd’s ambitious journey will involve hauling 140 kilograms of food and equipment for around 1,500 km across Antarctica. He hopes to complete the journey in 75 days.
This is a challenge which a number of experienced polar travellers have tried and failed, including Rudd’s good friend Henry Worsley who died attempting this journey in 2016.
After having led the first all-British team on a full, unsupported traverse of Antarctica during his SPEAR 17 expedition last year he was awarded an MBE for displays of “outstanding leadership and determination”. Having successfully led several group expeditions, ‘Spirit of Endurance’ will mark his first solo journey.
Rudd arrived at Union Glacier Camp yesterday and will set off on his journey THIS AFTERNOON.
To add spice to Rudd’s attempt, American Colin O’Brady is also having a crack at the same journey. If Rudd or O’Brady come up short, another former military man Barry Gray is waiting in the wings for an attempt in 2019. The race for this polar record is well and truly on!
You can read more about his expedition via my piece for the Great Outdoors Magazine here.
You can follow Rudd’s journey here.
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