Text by Tetsuhiko Endo
On Januray 7, a trio of Canadians claimed to have completed their trek
across Antarctica to the South Pole in a record breaking 33 days 23 hours
and 30 minutes, according to explorersweb.com. Their new record would outstrip the one set earlier this season by American Todd Carmichael (39 days 7 hours and 49 minutes).
The team, consisting of ultramarathon runner Ray Zahab, adventurer Kevin
Vallely, and Arctic guide Richard Weber, endured white outs, altitude sickness,
vertigo and large blisters on their 700 mile trek while
lugging 170-pound kevlar sleds full of equipment reports the BBC
How did they keep their tanks fueled for the long, cold haul? They
ate 7,000 calorie-a-day diets of deep fried bacon, cheese, and chunks of
The expedition was the second leg of Zahab and Vallely's Impossible 2 Possible
expedition which aims to raise awareness about global environmental issues.
It kicked off last May with an utlramarathon in all 13 Canadian provinces
in 13 days. Go the expedition website
to check upcoming expeditions in Liberia and the North Pole.
- Nat Geo Expeditions