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Fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole (female)

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  • Who: Hannah McKeand

  • What: Fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole (female)

  • Where: Antarctica

Hannah McKeand (UK) skied her way to the South Pole from the Hercules Inlet at the edge of the Antarctic continent in 39 days 9 hr 33 min between 19 November and 28 December 2006.

The former marketing manager made the journey – in 24 hours of sunshine – without resupplies. She ate noodles for breakfast and a freeze-dried meal for dinner, and snacked throughout the day on chocolate, salami, and the explorer's favourite, Kendal mint cake – a total of around 6,000 calories day.
The pole is situated at an altitude of 2,834 m (9,301 ft), which means that the entire journey is uphill, and the atmospheric pressure in this part of the world makes it feel more like 3,500 m (11,000 ft).

 

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