- Christian Eide
- 24/1/13 day(s):hour(s):minute(s)
- Norway ()
Fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole On 13 January 2011, 35-year-old Christian Eide (Norway) completed a solo and unsupported trek to the South Pole in a record time of 24 days 1 hr 13 min. He set of on the 1,150-km (715-mile) adventure on 20 December 2010 and opted for the Hercules Inlet route, covering an average of 47 km (29 miles) per day – although on his last day, he managed to ski 90 km (56 miles). Eide smashed the previous record - Todd Carmichael's (USA) 39 days 7 hr 49 min, an impressive achievement in its own right – and has set a benchmark that many polar explorers consider near-impossible to beat. Eide runs his own Oslo-based expedition company, L’atitude. His record marks the 100th anniversary of the first trip to the South Pole - also by a Norwegian, Roald Amundsen – although back in 1911, it took Amundsen 58 days to reach his goal, even doing so by dogsled.