Christian Eide: Years of training, hard work, preparation and pleasure went into the project.
Image by Christian Eide courtesy Latitude Expeditions (live over Contact 5), SOURCE
Christians arrival at the Ceremonial South Pole after almost 90 km skiing in 24 hours.
courtesy Latitude Expeditions (live over Contact 5), SOURCE
Self-portrait.
Image by Christian Eide courtesy Latitude Expeditions (live over Contact 5), SOURCE
Eide: The trip has been an incredibly wonderful and powerful experience.
Image by Christian Eide courtesy Latitude Expeditions (live over Contact 5), SOURCE
Antarctic ski wrap-up: More about Christian Eides world record; and the last day of Hannah and Willem

Posted: Jan 13, 2011 08:46 pm EST
(By Correne Coetzer) Christian was very emotional when he arrived at the South Pole, said Lars Ebbesen from his Norwegian home team to ExplorersWeb over the telephone. Eide later reported in his update, It was with tears in my eyes I arrived at the South Pole. He thought about all the years of training, hard work, preparation and pleasure that went into the project.

Christians solo, unassisted, unsupported time of 24 days, 1 hour, 13 minutes over the 1130 km set on January 13, 2011 is 15 days, 6 hours and 36 minutes faster than the solo record by Todd Carmichael set December 21, 2008 and 9 days 22 hours and 42 minutes faster than record set by the Canadian team in 2009.

Willem ter Horst wrote an update on his and ANI guide Hannah McKeands last day to the South Pole.

Hercules Inlet start
Unassisted, unsupported

Christian Eide (Norway) solo

January 14: 90°S

Christian couldnt sleep last night and decided to break camp and ski until he reaches the South Pole. Ebbesen told ExWeb that it was a relatively easy day, but Christian nearly fell asleep on his skis as he almost skied 90 km in the last 24 hours. During the expedition though, he was well disciplined to get enough sleep and rest to recover every evening.

Lars said his success is mainly because he did his homework well; he has years of experience in which he learned and experimented to improve all of the equipment, the tent, the skis, the bindings, clothes, every small detail. In the 9 Greenland crossings, the previous South Pole ski and other expeditions, including mountaineering, he dug into everything to make the gear smaller lighter and stronger, and moved away from the idea that things have to be big to be good.

When we planned this expedition we didnt set a soft target, said Ebbesen, we aimed for around 30 days. He had the option to ski longer days, to extend the days to 26 hours, which is doable, or to go faster and ski shorter hours. He decided to go for the faster skiing.

Christian reflected in his report, The trip has been an incredibly wonderful and powerful experience, but I will not hide that I am now looking forward to be with other people - and not least to return to Antarctica later this year to go along with the raw Anniversary Amundsen expeditions together with Borge Ousland.

He says now he wants to rest and recover and is looking forward to a holiday in a warm place with his girlfriend, Silje.

Hercules Inlet start
Assisted, Unsupported

Willem ter Horst (The Netherlands) with ANI guide Hannah McKeand (UK)

January 12: 90°S

Willem wrote an update about their last day to the South Pole after a good nights sleep at the Pole.

They skied the day in little wind and a white-out with no contrast which made perception of depth and distance extremely hard, said Willem. This weather lasted until they got to the Pole complex. As usual navigation was not easy.

6 nm miles away they got a glimpse of the SP station. Regretfully we weren't allowed to approach directly, because then we would have to ski through some ongoing science experiments. Our designated route carried us 70° to the east first, and use a flagged road from there to enter the complex. This meant for two hours that we could see where we wanted to go, but we hardly came any closer.

Two hours before the Pole they came across tents and people. They were an Irish film crew making a documentary about Tom Crean, who was on Scott's Expedition party, said Willem. [Ebbesen told ExWeb that Eide also came across the film crew and well-known ALE chef and kite-skier, Ronny Finsaas was with them. Unfortunately they were fast asleep when Eide woke them up and didnt pay much attention to him]. Hannah and Willem though had an early South Pole celebration with the film crew.

Willem continued about their last two hours, Normally my speed would increase with such an incentive out there, but no longer. I could only manage my slow walk that I'd tried managing for the previous 8 hours. There were no motivational sprints to be found anymore. We skied to the camp site and walked on another 20 minutes to the Pole. We made it on 11-1-11, as I had wanted for the last week. We also made it on 11pm GMT, but that's not really important, since it's always eleven o'clock iin some time zone; 7:55pm Chilean time is what we were using.

In a Tweet the afternoon of January 12 Willem said they were about to fly from the South Pole to Union Glacier.

Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa:
To ALCI/TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo
(70° 4637S, 011° 4926E).
Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America:
To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier
(79° 45'S, 083° 14'W).
Gateway port Punta Christchurch, New Zealand:
To US base McMurdo
(77°50'39"S, 166°40'22"E)


1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km
1 nm = 1.151 miles
1 knot = 1.852 km/h
1 degree of Latitude is 110 km
Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet


LINKS:

Hercules Inlet South Pole
Unassisted, unsupported

Chris Foot (UK) website
Chris Foot (UK) daily updates

Christian Eide (Norway) website
Christian Eide Contact 5 site (map)

Hercules Inlet start
Assisted, Unsupported

Willem ter Horst (The Netherlands) with ANI guide Hannah McKeand (UK)
Willem ter Horst website
Willem ter Horst dispatches
Willem ter Horst Tweets

Indian Army with ANI guides Devon McDiarmid (Canada) and Svante Strand (Norway)
Team members: Anand Swaroop (leader), Bala Karthik, Arjun Kumar Thapa, Ram Singh, Khilap Singh, Tsewang Morup, Parsuram Gurung, Showkat Ahmad Mir

Other links:

CONTACT 5 expedition technology
HumanEdgeTech

Polar rules of Adventure
What is solo?
Hercules Inlet start point

Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE/ANI)
The Antarctic Company (TAC/ALCI)

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