Henry on Day 62 in his tent.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb / Pythom.com, SOURCE
South Pole Skier in Hospital

Posted: Jan 24, 2016 12:56 pm EST

(Correne Coetzer. This update was originally published on pythom.com) 


Henry Worsley, who has been evacuated on January 22 after nearly 800 nautical miles, of his solo, unassisted unsupported traverse of Antarctica, is in hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. His home team reported, he is in hospital with peritonitis. His wife Joanna has flown from the UK to join him. No further announcement will be made until Tuesday, January 26.


In his last voice report, Henry said he had a hard time putting one ski in front of the other. 


Peritonitis, according to WebMD, is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers and supports most of your abdominal organs. Peritonitis is usually caused by infection from bacteria or fungi […], which usually develops when an injury or infection in the abdominal cavity allows infectious organisms into the peritoneum. 


Left untreated, peritonitis can rapidly spread into the blood (sepsis) and to other organs, resulting in multiple organ failure and death. So if you develop any of the symptoms of peritonitis -- the most common of which is severe abdominal pain -- it's essential to seek prompt medical evaluation and treatment that can prevent potentially fatal complications.


HENRY WORSLEY (55) UK, solo, Unassisted Unsupported traverse 1100nm / 2037km, Berkner Island - Geographic South Pole - Shackleton Glacier (Ross Ice Shelf), Started November 13, 2015. South Pole January 2, 2016 (Day 51). Aborted expedition on Day 69, January 20, 2016, at S86º 22.597 W177º 44.337. Accumulated Distance 794 nautical miles. Altitude 9460 ft. He started skiing with 150 kg sled.


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Previous Exweb Interviews with Henry Worsley:


Antarctic solo traverse: Henry Worsley talks to Exweb/Pythom from Punta Arenas (2015)


Shackleton’s leadership skills, by Henry Worsley (2015)


Exclusive: South Pole anniversary final week interview with Henry Worsley (2012)


ExWeb interview with Henry Worsley and Mark Langridge: Obviously no one will be Going outside for some time (2011)



Previous update: Antarctica Evacuations


Note: Definitions above according to AdventureStats.com:

assisted = resupplies 

supported = kite/car/skidoo support






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 AdventureStats.com, 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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Antarctica evacuations: Journeys end


Devon, Stew, Mostafa and Shahrom at the South Pole


Solo skier Luke Robertson arrived at the South Pole


Henry Worsley at the South Pole


Christmas on Antarctica Hundred Years Ago


Antarctica: medical air drop, and notorious sastrugi fields


Must-Watch: ’Melting: Last Race to the Pole,’ an Animal Planet show


Antarctica current: After the Great Hoax, What's Next for Szwed?


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


Behind the Scenes… Organizing a Polar Expedition, by Newland


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


South Pole new ski route: Call for mates (2016-17 season)


South Pole Expedition List



Interviews with 2015-16 Antarctica skiers:


Eric Philips: 1998-99 Shackleton Glacier to 2015 Queen Maud Land (Exweb/Pythom Interview)


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





Rules, definitions and Stats at AdventureStats.com


HumanEdgeTech Expedition Technology (e.g.CONTACT software)


North Pole 2016: British Trio



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