Colion O’Brady raced Louis to across Antarctica
Colino O’Bready is the first person to cross the continent alone and unaided. Louis Rudd on friday became the second person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted two days after Colion O’Brady of Portland , Oregon, became the first on wednesday.
O’Brady , 33 and Louis Rudd ,49 a captain in the British army , began the trek as a race on November 3. Rudd finished his journey on Day 56 at the foot of Leverett Glacier at 2:21 p.m. Eastern time , a little more than 48 hours after Mr. O’Brady completed his expedition.
It’s nice , when you’re in the polar history books ,”Rudd said by satellite phone Friday night . “But it’s all about the journey .”
Rudd’s trek covered 925 miles, according to his main sponser , Shackleton , British apparel company . Like O’Brady , he did the journey solo , unsupported by supply dropes or similar help , and unaided by kites or other devices to harness the wind to help his heavy load.
Capt. Rudd is the only person to complete two traverses of Antarctica . His first was in 2017 with a team assembled from the British Armed forces . He led that expedition. Altogether ,he has covered over 3,000 miles on Antarctica ,spread across three expeditions.
Through his latest polar journey , Rudd carried a flag bearing the family crest of a friend and mentor, Henry Worsley , who died in 2016 after he was airlifted from the ice while trying to accomplish what Mr. O’Brady and Capt. Rudd did this weak.
After arriving at the finish ,Rudd found Mr. O’Brady tent empty , he said ,and he briefly worried. It turned out that O’Brady had just gone skiing ,Capt. Rudd said ,and they finally saw each other after Rudd pitched his own tent .
“It is amazing to see him and be the first to congratulate him in person.” Mr. O’Brady wrote in an Instagram post.
Not to mention it’s quite refreshing to see and speak to another human being after the long , quiet walk the last 2 months. In his Instagram post , O’Brady quoted Capt.
Rudd as saying : ”It’s a miracle that we both cracked this in the same year after many people failing over the years to complete this crossing.” Mr. O’Brady added,”Agreed.”