Helen Skelton claims a world record at Antarctica. 100 km in 8 hours is not even close.
courtesy BBC - Blue Peter, SOURCE
In 2008 Norwegian Ronnie Finsaas kited 271,45 nm or 502,73 km in less than 24 hours at Antarctica. That's 100 km in less than 5 hours.
A screen shot from video fed to media, along with world record claims, showing Helen and her guide kiting at Antarctica. Compare the difference in style.
Image by Video screenshot
Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair did 595 km in 24 hours in 2010. That's 100 km in 4 hours.
Image by Sebastian Copeland courtesy Sebastian Copeland, SOURCE
Antarctica: Helen Skelton world record hoax (and how you can help kill it)

Posted: Jan 17, 2012 12:53 am EST
(AdventureStats) We've covered dubious claims by Helen Skelton before and now the team of this partial polar trip is at it again.

UK media report today that Helen Skelton set a new world record at Antarctica.

"The Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has set a new world record for the fastest 100-kilometre kite-ski, as she battles to reach the South Pole," reports the Telegraph. "She covered the distance, along with her Norwegian co-adventurer Niklas Norman, in 7 hours and 55 minutes, benefiting from favourable winds."

Fact check

There are many examples of explorers who kited faster and longer on the polar caps (as well as other places in the world).

In 2008 Norwegian Ronnie Finsaas kited 271,45 nm or 502,73 km in less than 24 hours at Antarctica.

That translates to 100 km in less than 5 hours - much faster than Skelton's claim.

Currently approaching Hercules Inlet from Novo in one of the longest kiting trips at Antarctica ever, in 2010 Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair kited 595 km in 24 hours on Greenland, or 100 km in 4 hours.

In fact 100 km covered in 8 hours is so common among kiters on Antarctica that it's not even reported by them, not to mention claimed as a world record.

Help truth to go viral

Several explorers (including British) have emailed ExplorersWeb asking our help to set Skelton straight.
Now we have, along with people such as the post on discuss below.

Because the mainstream media reproducing these claims is (still) bigger though, we need your help: make this story go viral and keep our world real!


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