- Arved Fuchs, Reinhold Messner
- first first
- Antarctica ()
The first snow kite crossing of the Antarctic landmass was achieved by Reinhold Messner (Italy) and Arved Fuchs (Germany) on 12 February 1990. Covering a distance of 2,390 km (1,485 mi) over a period of 92 days, they travelled from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf (close to the Patriot Hills research station), via the South Pole (reached on 31 December 1989), and ended at Scott Base on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.
Fuchs and Messner were the first people to reach the South Pole with neither animal nor motorized support.
This record was confirmed by the Polar Expeditions Classification Scheme (PECS).