Britain breaks record for longest solo voyage in Antarctica

Britain breaks record for longest solo voyage in Antarctica

Briton Preet Chandi broke the world record for the longest solo expedition in Antarctica. The 33-year-old soldier covered 1,485 kilometers on skis in 70 days and 16 hours. He did this alone, without assistance and without replenishing supplies along the way.

The previous world record was also held by a retired lieutenant colonel from the British Army. Henry Worsley traveled 1,459 kilometers in 2015. He died of exhaustion towards the end of his expedition a short time later.

Captain Chandi, nicknamed Polar Preet, interrupted his voyage due to adverse conditions while he was 100 miles from his final destination. He wanted to travel from coast to coast along the South Pole.

“It was mentally tough to realize that I didn’t have enough time to finish. But discovery meant pushing my limits and inspiring others to do the same, so I stuck with it,” she writes on her website.

without a day off

He is disappointed that he did not reach his goal, but he says he did his best. “I didn’t take a day off and kept working as hard as I could.” Chandi skied 13 to 15 hours a day, and sometimes only slept as much as five hours. It also had to cope with temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of up to about 260 kilometers per hour.

He dragged his gear and supplies onto a sled that weighed nearly 200 pounds.

Chandi has served in the British Army since she was 19 and became a career soldier at 27. Made the trip during a holiday season. He lives in Buckinghamshire, where he works as a physical therapist in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers.

To get on

A crowdfunding campaign for the tour raised £11,000. Half of it is designed to support women who want to overcome unique challenges, and the other half is designed for a new expedition.

In 2022, Chandi became the first woman of color to go on a solo expedition to the South Pole. Its website states: “There are only a few adventurers in Antarctica who complete such a solo trek without support. Let’s continue to make history.”

Source: NOS