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Вперше в історії! Американець самостійно перетнув Антарктиду

Американський спортсмен-екстремал Колін О’Бреді – перша людина, яка самотужки перетнула Антарктиду.

Антарктида

Про це повідомляє The Guardian.

Щоб пройти півтори тисячі кілометрів на лижах по Антарктиді, Коліну О’Бреді знадобилося 54 дні.

З собою він тягнув сани зі спорядженням і провіантом.

А підсумковий марш-кидок десь на 130 кілометрів зайняв у спортсмена 32 години.

Про це 33-річний Колін написав у своєму Instagram.

Ще не кому не вдавалося пройти цей континент поодинці.

Читайте: 69-річний китайський альпініст без ніг підкорив Еверест

 

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Day 54: 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 been 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

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Day 29: MINIMALISM. I thought you might like to see a peek under the hood. It’s not much. The dry bags hold my food in daily rations, there’s fuel, a repair kit, my duffles hold my personal gear, clothes, medical kit, etc. On the right is “arctic bedding.” Best invention ever. My sleeping bag and pad stay just like this, rolled out when I pack them up. Saves me a ton of time and energy not having to stuff them everyday, and I can easily get into my sleeping bag after a long day. Not pictured: my tent, stove, shovel. And that’s about everything. I try to be minimalist in life in general, but this expedition has taken it to another level. I must say, it’s quite cathartic to know I have everything I need to survive right here. Nothing more, nothing less. I’ve noticed by simplifying like this, my mind is free from unnecessary clutter and I have full capacity for creativity. Another solid day in the books today; 16.8 miles. Still battling the big sastrugi. I made it to the last waypoint before the Pole. Tomorrow I turn and head directly for the South Pole. That’s feels pretty darn good! #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 30: FULL BODY BATTLING. The huge sastrugui continues and that means not just pulling my sled with my harness. In these conditions, my sled gets caught up and sometimes flips, and I have to turn around and grab it or flip it back over with my hands. It’s grueling labor. Big shoutout to my coach @mikemccastle who anticipated these challenges and feathered in specific training and prep for this type of labor. He had me lifting and working on awkward power movements to make sure I was ready. Despite the tough ground conditions, I still managed to get in 17 miles again today. Currently feeling in a steady rhythm and happy with my progress. It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 30 days now. Another day tomorrow. Rinse and repeat. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 20: GRATITUDE. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. No special meal for me, just another day pulling my sled and warming myself up eating ramen noodles in a whiteout halfway through the day. But I can feel all of the warmth and love vibrating in the air. In my family we have a tradition of beginning the Thanksgiving meal by going around the table and saying what we are grateful and thankful for. This Thanksgiving I have three things top of mind in ascending order from small to big. 1) Clean socks! I haven’t not changed a single article of clothing since I began. I didn’t even bring an extra pair of underwear to save weight. However I do have a pair of clean socks, and I treated myself to them for the holiday. 2) I am thankful for my health. It’s a huge blessing to have the opportunity to be able to give an expedition like this a shot. I’m thankful that so far my body is holding up. 3) Jenna B! I am so deeply grateful for the love of my life @jennabesaw. They say there is a “strong woman behind every successful man.” I say that phrase is nonsense. Jenna is beside me and more often than not in front of me leading the way. She has watched me fail and struggle so many times and been there to keep picking me up and pushing me forward. She calms me when I am afraid and always knows how to get me right back on track. On top of all that, she is a badass business woman. A project like this has so many moving parts behind the scenes. I’ve got it easy. I just have to walk in a straight line everyday. She juggles all of the balls with so much grace. I love you. Let’s raise a glass this Thanksgiving to all of the Jenna Bs of the world; strong successful women who make the world such a better place. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 48: BATTLING. I’m locked in a fierce battle with Antarctica at the moment. The storm from yesterday strengthened today blowing consistently 35mph, with gusts over 55mph. I got blown over on to the ground at least 20 times today. No doubt I’ll have some bruises in the morning. I did my best to scratch out another 20 miles, but it was hard won and has left me feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. I feel as though even as I get closer to the finish Antarctica wants to make sure I am fully tested if I want to realize my dream. One of my dearest friends and closest confidants @theblakebrinker sent me a paraphrase from one of my favorite books The Alchemist. These words were exactly what I needed to hear as I recover from today and prepare to battle another day with this storm and my soul tomorrow. “On your quest to become one with your personal legend before all is said and done you will be tested with all the lessons and conditions you have learned and endured from beginning until now. Know that is true and be at peace.” #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 52: SAVOR AND FOCUS. Somehow I am still going uphill. I spent the first 6 hours of the day climbing up again to 8300ft (only 1000ft net lower than the Pole). I feel like I am stuck in an M.C. Echer drawing where every direction leads up, a never ending staircase. In this photo I finally crested the big hill looking out on the mountains that lead to my finish line at sea level. Perhaps now I really am going down for good. In these final days I’m reminding myself of two things: First – savor these moments. I’m very eager to finish, but before I know it, I’ll be reflecting on this adventure with nostalgia. So while I’m still out here, I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible. The second thing is – I need to stay hyper focused on execution. It’s not over until it’s over. Henry Worsely, who was a huge inspiration of mine, tragically lost his life less than 100 miles from completing this traverse. When I was crossing Greenland earlier this year on my very last night, I decided to relax my usual evening routine and didn’t check my campsite well enough and fell waist deep into a crevasse that was 200ft deep. If I’d fallen all the way to the bottom, it could have been game over. It’s often at the end when we are tired that mistakes happen. So for that reason I’m ensuring that I stay hyper focused on all of the details. Merry Christmas Eve everyone. Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a stable high pressure weather system to bring and no wind. Sincerely, Colin #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 51: MOUNTAINS!! After getting pounded in a storm for four days Antarctica decided to loosen its grip on me for one glorious bluebird and wind free hour. It’s too small to make out in the photos but the break in the weather revealed that I could see the tops of the Trans-Antarctic mountains. This was VERY significant to me for two reasons and had me jumping for joy. 1) I haven’t seen any other natural features other than endless shades of white snow and ice since back on day 17. Seeing anything new on the horizon was simply incredible. 2) More importantly my finish line lies just on the other side of those mountains!!! It was only an hour of calm before the wind kicked up again. The next two days are forecast to be whiteout and worse again as Antarctica seems determined to keep testing me to the bitter end, but I’m determined to keep making progress every day. Less than 100 miles to go now! Onward. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

Публикация от Colin O’Brady (@colinobrady)

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