Shahrom Abdullah (Malaysia), Mostafa Salameh (Jordan), Devon McDiarmid (Canada, ANI Guide) and Stew Edge (UK) at the Ceremonial South Pole.
courtesy Stew Edge, SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb /, SOURCE
Devon, Stew, Mostafa and Shahrom at the South Pole

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 06:07 am EST


(Correne Coetzer)  Devon McDiarmid (Canada, ANI Guide), Stew Edge (UK), Mostafa Salameh (Jordan) and Shahrom Abdullah (Malaysia) arrived at the Geographic South Pole on Friday, January 15. According to Stew’s Dispatches, they started on December 9, therefore they travelled 38 days across the 890 km Messner route from the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf. The men had resupply cashés long the way.


This is Devon’s 5th full route expedition. He is the male skier with the most full routes in the bag (that is coastal start points). With six full route expeditions behind her name, lady skier, Hannah McKeand, holds the record fro any person skiing to the Pole.


Mostafa became the first Jordanian to ski to the South Pole. Shahrom became the first Malaysian to ski to the Pole. Check for more info.


Devon and Stew are not finished yet, as they have picked up their kites to traverse to Hercules Inlet (1130 km). Mostafa and Shahrom get picked up at the Pole by plane and flown out.   


They are the third team to arrive at the South Pole this season, after solo skiers Henry Worsley, January 2 (Berkner Island route), and Luke Robertson, January 13 Chilean time (Hercules Inlet route).


Previous: Pythom/Exweb Interview with Mostafa Salameh: Islam, Palestine, Peace and the South Pole



Events posted on Pythom by Pythom People:


A Reminder: Trygve Norman calls for nominations for The Shackleton Award, closing January 22. This Award honour outstanding expedition achievements and aims to inspire today’s explorers to new expeditions into unknown territories or conditions. The award is awarded annually to an expedition found to be “real and novel, un-motorized and within polar areas or conditions”. The Shackleton Award Committee consists of renowned international explorers and scientists. Read more on Pythom who the previous winners were and contact Trygve at trygve(at) or mobile +47 9092 4717.



Other South Pole ski Expeditions: Read more on 



Latest Pythom/Exweb interview:

Queen Maud Land, "probably the most fascinating ice and rock landscape of our planet,” says Christoph Hoebenreich





Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa: 

To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo 

70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E 


Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 

To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier 

79° 45'S, 083° 14’W elev 708m

Lat: -79.760591  Lon: -82.856698


Hercules Inlet is located at 80°S near Union Glacier, 1130 km from the Geographic South Pole.

The Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) start is 890 km in a straight line from the Pole.

Novolazarevskaya to South Pole of Inaccessibility (POI) is 1610 km in a straight line.


South Pole of Inaccessibility (POI)

2011-12 position:  S82°06.696, E055°01.951 (Copeland/McNair-Landry)

On Dec. 14, 2014 Frédéric Dion reported the position the POI (at Lenin’s bust) as S82º 06.702' E55º 2.087' at an elevation of 3741 m.


Geographic South Pole (GSP): 90 degrees South


According to the Rules of Adventure at, to claim a “solo" achievement requires an unassisted status - therefore, no supplies carried by pilots or car drivers, or anything (food, fuel, etc) received from any person along the way. A solo person may be wind supported (kites/sails). Note that the Polar Rules were compiled by early Norwegian and British Polar explorers and are maintained today by the current community of veteran polar skiers.


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 / 60 nm / 70 miles

Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet

A nunatak is a top of a mountain visible above the snow surface.



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Solo skier Luke Robertson arrived at the South Pole


Henry Worsley at the South Pole


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Eric Philips solo kite-ski Queen Maud Land 2015, "a discovery trip"


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The first Ilyushin flight has landed at Union Glacier (check video)


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South Pole Expedition List



Interviews with 2015-16 Antarctica skiers:


Queen Maud Land, "probably the most fascinating ice and rock landscape of our planet,” says Christoph Hoebenreich


Interview with Mostafa Salameh: Islam, Palestine, Peace and the South Pole


Meet Devon McDiarmid and his South Pole team


Meet Carl Alvey and his South Pole team - Hercules Inlet route 2015-16


South Pole solo ski interview with Doug Tumminello


Antarctic solo traverse: Henry Worsley talks from Punta Arenas


From Serious Surgeries to Hercules Inlet: Luke Robertson solo ski to South Pole


Shackleton’s leadership skills, by Henry Worsley





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HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)


North Pole 2016: British Trio



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