Saturday, 21 January 2017
10 weird and wonderful Antarctic firsts
It is the continent which, more than any other, demands respect – and a hardy sort of traveller who is prepared to put up with the worst the weather can throw at them. Not Europe (although the winds at Brighton on a rain-swept morning can be more than fierce) but Antarctica, that frozen tip of the planet – where anything goes, as long as it’s snowy.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first unassisted solo crossing of the land at the end of it all. But then, Antarctica is a place where firsts and challenges are an unavoidable part of the experience. Here are 10 of the milestone moments in the history of the continent – plus a few suggestions as to how you can pay a visit yourself.
First unassisted solo crossing
Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland was the mould-breaker here. His expedition into the Antarctic “summer” – between November 15 1996 and January 17 1997 – was a speedy endeavour, zipping across the South Pole on skis, with kite assistance, in just 34 days. Ice off a duck’s-Read More