Colin O'Brady er det første menneske, der krydser Antarktis uden hjælpemidler. Han brugte 54 dage på at gennemføre.
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Colin O'Brady er det første menneske, der krydser Antarktis uden hjælpemidler. Han brugte 54 dage på at gennemføre.

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Billedserie: Følg amerikaneren, der blev den første til at krydse Antarktis uden hjælpemidler

Colin O’Brady brugte 54 dage på at gennemføre turen, og selv om der er op til flere, der har krydset kontinentet før, så er der ingen, der har foretaget rejsen uden nogen form for hjælp. Se 11 billeder fra hans rejse her.

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Den 33-årige amerikaner Colin O’Brady blev i onsdags det første menneske, der har krydset Antarktis uden nogen form for hjælp.

Turen var på 1.500 kilometer og tog amerikaneren 54 dage at gennemføre. Han har tidligere besteget nogle af de højeste bjerge i verden, herunder verdens højeste bjerg, Mount Everest.

Knap 90.000 følger Colin O’Brady på Instagram, hvor han hver dag har dokumenteret sin rejse. Nedenfor kan du se et udpluk fra hans første til sidste dag i Antarktis. Vil du se mere, kan du følge @colinobrady på Instagram.

Dag 1: Colin O’Brady tager sine første skridt i Antarktis efter flere års planlægning.

Dag 4: De første 10 dage begynder med en tung slæde fyldt med mad til de 54 dage, han skal bruge på at krydse kontinentet.

Dag 9: The New York Times skriver en artikel om amerikaneren og bringer billedet, der viser hans grej på turen.

Dag 16: Den hårdeste dag indtil videre. Kulden sætter sine spor i ansigtet, og slæden er begravet af sne, da Colin O’Brady stiger ud af teltet om morgenen.

Dag 19: Colin O’Brady taber en plastikpose på grund af kraftig storm. Han løber efter den i tyk sne, fordi han stræber sig på ikke at efterlade nogen spor på Antarktis, og fanger den til sidst.

Dag 20: »Happy Thanksgiving« skriver han på sin Instagram. Det bliver ikke til et overdådigt måltid, men en kop nudler.

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Day 20: GRATITUDE. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. No special meal for me, just another day pulling my sled and warming myself up eating ramen noodles in a whiteout halfway through the day. But I can feel all of the warmth and love vibrating in the air. In my family we have a tradition of beginning the Thanksgiving meal by going around the table and saying what we are grateful and thankful for. This Thanksgiving I have three things top of mind in ascending order from small to big. 1) Clean socks! I haven’t not changed a single article of clothing since I began. I didn’t even bring an extra pair of underwear to save weight. However I do have a pair of clean socks, and I treated myself to them for the holiday. 2) I am thankful for my health. It’s a huge blessing to have the opportunity to be able to give an expedition like this a shot. I’m thankful that so far my body is holding up. 3) Jenna B! I am so deeply grateful for the love of my life @jennabesaw. They say there is a “strong woman behind every successful man.” I say that phrase is nonsense. Jenna is beside me and more often than not in front of me leading the way. She has watched me fail and struggle so many times and been there to keep picking me up and pushing me forward. She calms me when I am afraid and always knows how to get me right back on track. On top of all that, she is a badass business woman. A project like this has so many moving parts behind the scenes. I’ve got it easy. I just have to walk in a straight line everyday. She juggles all of the balls with so much grace. I love you. Let’s raise a glass this Thanksgiving to all of the Jenna Bs of the world; strong successful women who make the world such a better place. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Dag 25: Sådan ser Colin O’Bradys hjem ud i 54 dage. Her hænger han sit grej til tørre og laver mad.

Dag 29: Tingene bliver nøje pakket ned. O’Brady har alt med sig lige ved sin side for at kunne overleve turen.

Dag 33: Der bliver også tid til pauser undervejs, hvor stilheden i Antarktis kan nydes.

Dag 47: En slem storm udfordrer amerikaneren, så han ikke kan se, hvor han går. Han går på en strækning, hvor ingen fly kan lande, hvis det skulle blive nødvendigt med hjælp. På den første time falder han fem gange i sneen, så han beslutter at søge ly i teltet.

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Day 47: THIS TOO SHALL PASS. After having my best day of the expedition yesterday, I nearly had my worst day today. I went to battle hard with my personal demons today. My anxiety started building last night after listening to a huge wind storm grow outside. The rattling of my tent kept me up and I began to get more and more nervous knowing I had to go out in it. I did my usual morning routine and then stepped into the madness. As expected, it was brutal. Blowing snow, sub zero temps and zero visibility. I packed off and headed out into the whiteout. I just entered a part of the route known as “Sastrugui National Park” aptly named for having the biggest sastrugui on the route. Pretty much the worse place to find yourself not being able to see where you are going. Due to the massive sastrugi, it’s also the one stretch where no plane can land so you are in dire straights if an emergency occurs. That really started playing on my mind after I fell hard 5 times in the first hour. What if I broke a bone or a ski? Maybe I should stop? I bargained with myself and finally decided I had to set my tent back up, less than two hours into the day. I told myself in my tent if I wanted to keep going that I could put on my long skins for better grip on the uneven surface and then continue. But I knew the effort it would take to put up the tent in a storm, it’s unlikely I was going any further. I fought to get the tent up, got inside with my skis, skins and stove, and put on my long skins. It was now decision time. Go back out? The voice in my head told me to stop, wait out the storm, rest. But the other voice told me I needed to keep moving forward or I’ll run out of food. My mind was ripping me apart. I closed my eyes and decided to meditate for a couple minutes repeating my favorite mantra: “This too shall pass.” One way or another I’d find my way out of this. Calmed and with renewed resolve I got back outside, fought to get my tent down and packed and continued onward. The storm outside never got any better, in fact it got progressively worse. However I managed to calm the storm in my mind and knock out 21.5 miles today. A great day all things considered.

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Dag 54: Målstregen. Colin O’Brady gennemfører og bliver det første menneske, der krydser Antarktis uden hjælp. Fyldt med tårer ringer han hjem.

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Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First ✅. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica’s land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I’m delirious writing this as I haven’t slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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