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Solo expedition to the South Pole

From Berner Island, 1400 km in 53 days

Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole
Solo expedition to the South Pole

From Berner Island, 1400 km in 53 days

But it was too late: the Arctic Ocean thawed and we had no food. On my way to the Pole I had been often thinking of Antarctica, of the next expedition and the next Pole. Why shouldn’t I try to see the Earth’s axis from the other side?


I took off from Berkener Island at the Weddell Sea on 4th November 1995, via Roald Amundsen route. 1400 kilometres of strenuous walk through mountain ranges and glaciers cracked with plenty of crevasses in the most severe weather conditions was ahead of me. The average temperature in Antarctica varies from -20 oC to -70 oC, the lowest recorded temperature was -88 oC. Antarctica is an abstraction. An unlimited white space. No points of reference, no scale. It is a world where nothing happens around you, but a lot happens inside you. There is hardly anything outside that could wake your consciousness.

It is a strange place on the Earth, where there’s not even a single drop of life, but where you may feel what a human being means. A strange space causing sometimes euphoria and sometimes sadness, though it remains unchanged itself.

A human ant dragging itself through Antarctica, building its house from a scratch every day, and a life limited to a few simple activities. And yet, this life was way more interesting and complete than a life in a great wonderful city. Everything, to the slightest detail, was real.


Not disturbed by any major problems, step by step, I reached the South Pole on 26th December 1995.

I spent the Christmas alone and I got the Pole as a present. After 53 days of walk.