“I made it to the South Pole where it’s snowing,” Ms Preet Chandi announced on her blog.
British-born Sikh army officer Preet Chandi has made history by becoming the first “woman of colour” to complete a solo expedition to the South Pole. Ms Chandi’s adventure began in November last year, when she embarked on her journey unsupported from Antarctica’s Hercules Inlet, reports CNN. She spent the next few weeks skiing solo across Antarctica and announced on January 3 that she had completed the 700 mile (1126 km) trek in 40 days.
“I made it to the South Pole where it’s snowing,” Ms Chandi announced on her blog. “Feeling so many emotions right now… it feels so surreal to finally be here,” the 32-year-old, who has adopted the moniker “Polar Preet”, added.
“Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest and windiest continent on earth. Nobody lives there permanently. I didn’t know much about the continent when I first started planning and that is what inspired me to go there,” Ms Chandi had said earlier. She spent two and a half years preparing for her South Pole adventure, including crevasse training in the French Alps and trekking in Iceland.
During her Antarctica expedition, the Indian-origin British army officer hauled a pulk or sledge which weighed nearly 90 kg and held her kit, fuel and food.