ამერიკელმა მოგზაურმა და მკვლევარმა, კოლინ ობრეიდმა ახლახანს დაასრულა ანტარქტიკაში მოგზაურობა, სულ მარტომ – დაუხმარებლად! ის გახდა პირველი ადამიანი, რომელმაც სამხრეთის კონტინეტი რემომარაგების და ყოველგვარი დახმარების გარეშე დაიპყრო.

“ეს არის ის, რაც ისტორიაში არავის გაუკეთებია ასწლოვანი მცდელობის მიუხედავად და მე ეს შევძელი” განუცხადა ობრეიდმა ბიზნეს ინსაიდერს. მან, ჯამში 1500 კილომეტრიანი ყინულის უდაბნო, 132 დღეში, სრიალით დაფარა. უწინ, ვისაც ამის გაკეთება უცდია, ან დანებებულა – ანდა მცდელებას შეეწირა.

ქვემოთ იხილეთ სურათები ამ დაუჯერებელი და საოცარი მოგზაურობიდან:

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DAY 2: ALONE! After my first full day of pulling, the vastness of this challenge is beginning to set in. I took this photo yesterday as the plane dropped me off. You can just make out the plane in the photo taking off. I still have a very long way to go to get to the other side, but I can’t let myself get overwhelmed with the full distance. Instead, I break each day up into small incremental goals, reach the next shadow in the distance, pull another 15 minutes then drink water, 100 more steps, miles, hours. Little by little these incremental successes add up to a full day dragging my sled, and soon many of these days will become weeks as I slowly progress on this long path. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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DAY 5: THE ENDLESS WHITE. This gives a sense of my view all day everyday with the sun never setting. Today I made my furthest progress of the journey! The theme of my day was memories. Staring into the white all day long with nothing to interrupt my thoughts, floods of memories came back to me. But not in a typical way, more like a lucid dream where I am viscerally connected to the memory in all its vivid detail. I often think we forget the mundane and routine memories as our brain skips over them in the day to day. Let me assure you that it’s not true; it’s all in there. Big shoutout to my sister Caitlin. I love you. I miss you. Caitlin drove me to school everyday in her Mazda 626. We took that 20 minute drive hundreds of times together, but it’s not something I often think about. Today I relived those drives, our chit chat, our silence, but most of all our 5 CD’s that we played in heavy rotation. So many car sing alongs to Belle and Sebastian, and Counting Crows “August and Everything After.” That album is still a gem 25 years later. For the 15,000 school kids following along this project, a CD is a shiny round disk that had 15 songs on it…magic at the turn on the millennium 😉!#TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 10: SASTRUGI – That’s the word to best summarize the theme of the last few days. Contrary to popular belief, Antarctica is not flat. The South Pole is above 9,000ft. I started at sea level on the Ronne Ice Shelf so I’m going uphill all day, every day. But, the real challenge is the sastrugi. This picture gives an idea of my daily struggle. Not only am I pulling my 300lb sled all day, but I’m pulling it up and over thousands of these sastrugi speed bumps created by the violent wind. It’s a frustrating process at times to say the least. Good news is it’s Day 10! I said to @jennabesaw the day I left “I can’t wait for it to be day 10.” The first 10 days have been full of ups and down, mistakes and magical moments. It always takes some time to adjust and adapt to a long expedition, but every day now I’m feeling more in rhythm. Most importantly, my mind is quieting down as I become one with the environment and tap into flow more and more often. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 16: GOT WORKED!! Selfie taking my ice caked mask off at the end of the most challenging day of the expedition so far. I got out of my tent to find my sled completely buried from an all night blasting of wind and snow drift. I managed to get packed up in the heavy winds, which is no small task alone, making sure my tent didn’t blow away. Then I was battered by a 30mph headwind for eight hours until it finally calmed a bit at the end of the day. To make matters worse, the wind kicked up a ton of loose snow so it was exceedingly hard to pull the sled through all the drifts. At one point I could barely see my skis below me as they were buried. There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day. I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day. Now from the relative warmth of my tent I can see that days like this are where the growth happens and confidence builds for the even more challenging days ahead. Today may not have been my longest mileage day but it was my most mentally tough. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 31: FROZEN TEARS OF JOY. Why am I doing this? Well beyond the obvious linear goal, the deeper purpose of this solitary adventure is to give my mind the space to reflect, be thoughtful and hopefully discover deeper insights about myself and the world. Hence I normally pass my days walking in complete silence to give my mind total freedom to contemplate. Today, however for a little added inspiration, I put on an episode of @lewishowes School of Greatness podcast. His guest @inqlife a spoken word poet, cracked me open to my core with his words on one of my most favorite topics, LOVE. I literally made a puddle of frozen tears inside my goggles. The longer I’m out here the more clear it becomes. Love is infinite and the key to life is to love as deeply as possible. I’m going to let @inqlife words shine the way. Please do me a favor and take the 4 minutes to listen to him perform his poem “85. The Only Reason We’re Alive.” Link in profile. @jennabesaw shuffleboard date in 52 years?! ❤️❤️ ❤️ #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 33: PAUSE. I’ve found that often during this project I have been so hyper focused on making progress, keeping warm, and executing on all of the endless tasks and challenges that I sometimes forget to just pause and look around. Today the sun created this incredible circular rainbow and I decided to just sit down for a few minutes and take it in. A few deep breaths, committing all of the senses of that moment to memory. I’m certainly guilty of this in my day to day life as well (aren’t we all). You don’t have to be in some “incredible” place to pause and drink in your surroundings. No matter where you find yourself today, I encourage you to take a minute to just breathe and feel the blessing and gratitude for being right where you are. Another 17.5 miles behind me….Onward to the Pole. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 38: THE NEXT GENERATION. I am humbled and proud that 30,000 school kids on six continents are now engaged with The Impossible First project as part of a collaboration with my non-profit Beyond 7/2 and @daciapjones who is one of the most amazing educators in America. Teachers have developed curriculum around my expedition and students are integrating data from my journey to learn about the science of weather, climate, math, history, geography, fitness, health etc. One of my greatest joys is sharing my expeditions with the next generation in hopes of inspiring them to set goals, live active and healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams. Hopefully this project shows the importance of protecting our planet and that nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Really looking forward to doing in school visits again when I’m back home! Today, I had another parahelion (circle rainbow) glistening overhead. It was stunning. I’ve only ever seen this phenemnon in Antarctica and I’m curious why it happens. Perhaps one of the students can look it up and let me know? Less than 20 miles to the South Pole now!! #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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