Distance travelled on Jan 18th: 10 miles
Cumulative distance: 702 miles
Distance still to go: 0 miles
Duration of expedition: 49 days
World record achieved: Youngest person to trek to the South Pole from the Antarctic coast (702 miles)
Of note: Lewis and Carl arrived at the South Pole at 18.00 GMT today January 18th, 2014. Lewis has gone into the history books, becoming the youngest person ever to trek to the South Pole from the coast (see world record page on this blog).
Lewis and Carl were greeted by polar legend, and Lewis’s mentor, Hannah McKeand who just so happened to be manning ANI’s (Adventure Network International’s) polar camp.
After an early start and -50C (inc windchill) it took them a few hours longer than expected to reach their goal. As Lewis rang to confirm his arrival his dad Steven was live on BBC news 24 via Skype and BBC Points West were also filming as his call came in. Lewis said he had also been delayed from calling home by 30 mins by eating his first real meal in nearly seven weeks, spaghetti Bolognaise with fresh parmesan. He is now sitting in a heated tent which he is very excited about.
Lewis will stay overnight at the Pole and then he has been offered a tour of the Amundsen Scott Polar Research base tomorrow. He will fly back to Union Glacier base camp tomorrow afternoon and will be back in the UK on January 24th.
We and he have so many people to thank, but right now our heartfelt thanks go to Carl Alvey, his polar guide and sole companion for the past seven weeks and ANI, the Antarctic logistics company, who have kept him safe and helped him realise his dream.