Briton becomes fastest man to conquer the two Poles and EverestDecember 29th, 2007 - 4:47 pm ICT by admin
London, December 29 (ANI): A British explorer has rewritten history having completed three expeditions to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the Mount Everest in the fastest time so far.
Forty-five-year-old Adrian Hayes covered the worlds Three Poles, a term that explorers use to denote the three latitudinal and altitudinal extremes of the planet, in 19 months and three days.
He was on the 29,029ft summit of Mt. Everest on May 25 last year, and prior to that on April 25, he stood at the North Pole.
Swedish coupleThomas and Tina Sjogrenhad been holding the record of being the fastest to cover the Three Poles so far. They had completed the odyssey in 24 months.
A South Korean explorer named Young-Ho Heo was the first to achieve the task of reaching the three poles. Hayes, who lives in Dubai, has now become the 15th member of the exclusive club of explorers.
Just before reaching the South Pole, Hayes declared via satellite phone that he was looking forward to becoming a member of “one of the world’s most exclusive clubs”.
He also described a nice day he had spent in Antarctica as not that windy, sunny and only -26C”.
“The three poles are the three extremes of the earth - the top, the bottom and the roof of the world. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. I wasn’t trying to do it in record time. It’s all rather informal and I only realised I could set a record when somebody told me in September,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Hayes also revealed that while beginning the odyssey, he was unsure of emerging as a victor.
“Everest has got about a 33 per cent success rate, the North Pole about a 25 per cent success rate and the South Pole is slightly higher. Combined, the failure rate is high,” he said.
Hayes is married with two children. He revealed that he was craving to see his wife Dawn and childrenAlexander, nine, and Charlotte, sixat Christmas. (ANI)
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