Text by Tetsuhiko Endo
On Januray 7, a trio of Canadians claimed to have completed their trek across Antarctica to the South Pole in a record breaking 33 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, according to explorersweb.com. Their new record would outstrip the one set earlier this season by American Todd Carmichael (39 days 7 hours and 49 minutes).
The team, consisting of ultramarathon runner Ray Zahab, adventurer Kevin Vallely, and Arctic guide Richard Weber, endured white outs, altitude sickness, vertigo and large blisters on their 700 mile trek while lugging 170-pound kevlar sleds full of equipment reports the BBC How did they keep their tanks fueled for the long, cold haul? They ate 7,000 calorie-a-day diets of deep fried bacon, cheese, and chunks of butter.
The expedition was the second leg of Zahab and Vallely's Impossible 2 Possible expedition which aims to raise awareness about global environmental issues. It kicked off last May with an utlramarathon in all 13 Canadian provinces in 13 days. Go the expedition website to check upcoming expeditions in Liberia and the North Pole.