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A long, lonely walk in the cold.

A huge congratulations goes out to Captain Louis Rudd MBE of the British Army today after completing an epic journey across the Antarctic via the South Pole, completely unassisted, Dragging food, equipment and everything he might need in an over large snow sled he completed the trek 1,500km trek in only 56 days.

At the time of his departure no-one had ever managed to complete this journey. Earlier attempts have either been called off or ended with tragedy. 

I first heard about this adventure on the Paul Kirtley Podcast and began following the daily updates on the Shackletons Expedition blog

I became obsessed and checked in every chance I had to follow the interactive map and read Lou’s reports. Getting excited for him as I watched his progress.

Unsupported means no help, in any form. No food drops, no assistance from others and no mechanical aids such as kites to assist progress. My heart went out to Lou when I read that upon reaching the South Pole he basically had to ignore the station personnel and walk on past the station to make camp in fear of compromising the rules. Just one cup of coffee from the station kitchen would bring him undone.

The expedition began on November 1st, 2018, and saw him spend Christmas Day out in the wilderness. He walked 14 nautical miles in the driving wind and sub zero temperatures while I was gorging myself with my family. 

As someone who goes on the occasional bush walk with a picnic or spends a few days camping by a pretty creek somewhere, I am truly inspired by great adventurers like Captain Rudd. The stamina and fortitude required for an undertaking such as this is simply beyond my scope of understanding. 

You can read more about Lou and his adventures on his personal website or follow him on social media.

Image above “borrowed” from https://shackletonlondon.com/pages/expedition

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