Colin O’Brady’s Wednesday, the first person has become the continent of Antarctica has been crossed without outside help. The American of 33 years, it took 54 days to complete the journey of 1,500 kilometers on skis. He defeated the Brit Louis Rudd to the finish line.
O’Brady left on christmas morning for the last 125 km of his journey from one coast to the other. He did on that last stage, 32 hours and 30 minutes, he says on social media.
The resident of the city of Portland made the news itself known through his Instagrampagina. He is seen next to a wooden sign that the edge of the Ross ice shelf indicates. At that place ends the landmass of the continent and the sea ice. “When I get my sled over that invisible line pulled, I had achieved my goal: I was the first ever for the continent of Antarctica solo crossing from coast to coast, without support or assistance,” wrote O’Brady.
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Day 54: the FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First ?. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica’s land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast-to-coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly leg some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I’m delirious writing this as I haven’t slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First, is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible
O’Brady went so Louis Rudd in advance, that is at the same time, the company ventured. The man was a good friend of Henry Worsley, who in 2016 died of an infection, a few days after during the same test, less than 50 kilometers from the finish would have had to give up.