British explorers successfully complete 25,000-mile trip from Pole to PoleMay 29th, 2008 - 3:51 pm ICT by admin
London, May 29 (ANI): Two British explorers have become the first people ever to complete a 25,000-mile trip from the North Pole to South Pole, using only natural power like sleds, bikes, boats and skis.
According to a report in The Sun, the explorers are James Hooper and Rob Gauntlett, who completed a 25,000-mile trek from the North Pole to the South Pole.
During their epic journey, they had to face obstacles like 80 feet waves, pirates and a string of nasty injuries.
Waves were rising 80 feet into the air and the sheets of spray being blown off the water meant visibility was virtually nil, said Hooper.
They also had to encounter flimsy Arctic ice during their 400-day adventure.
The icy terrain is extremely difficult to navigate, but we had dog sleds which are perfect for gliding over the surface, said Rob.
But still, Rob fell straight through the ice into the freezing water, whacking his head in the process, thus lying unconscious in the water for four minutes until Hooper pulled him out. He radioed for a helicopter and they air-lifted them to Upernavik, a small town on the west coast of Greenland.
When the two finally reached the Pole, it wasnt the momentous occasion they had expected.
Their boat became frozen solid in thick ice and they still had another 1,000-mile voyage ahead of them to Sydney in Australia, where the journey officially ended.
According to Rob, It was a different story when we reached Sydney Harbour. As the Opera House loomed in the distance, it was a very special moment.
After 400 days and 26,000 miles, wed gone from pole to pole and on to Australia, he added. (ANI)
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