First unsupported solo crossing of Antarctica
Børge Ousland
first first
Antarctica ()

On 17 January 1997, Børge Ousland (Norway) completed a 2,999‑km (1,864‑mi) kite-ski trek from Berkner Island in the Weddell Sea to McMurdo Sound. Ousland crossed both of the Ronne and Ross ice shelves, spending 63 days negotiating his 185-kg (408‑lb) sled over glaciers and through sastrugi (ridges of hard snow) to achieve the first unsupported solo crossing of Antarctica.

Ousland also holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole, taking just 34 days.

This record was confirmed by the Polar Expeditions Classification Scheme (PECS).