colinobrady1147 karma2020-01-09 21:31:21 UTC
I was in contact with a pilot and team that runs logistics on the frozen continent, so, best case scenario they could find me in hopefully about 5 hours.
However because of the rough terrain I was in, the plane is rigged with skis, and there were a lot of sections where they would never be able to land because of crevasses and huge sastrugi (ice mounds). In those conditions, as well as on the worst storm days, there would have been no hope of rescue. I was all alone.
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colinobrady921 karma2020-01-09 21:22:15 UTC
On day 48, I have a video clip of myself after being hammered in a storm that lasted 8 days where the windchill was -80 degrees. I was running low on food and I looked straight into my camera, frozen tears in my eyes, saying " I just wanna quit, I don't know if I can continue on."
Fortunately I was able to switch my mindset back to the positive with my mantra: " Colin, you are strong, you are capable", I said that to myself every day and it lifted my spirits.
colinobrady826 karma2020-01-09 21:03:00 UTC
No wildlife in the interior of Antarctica in my crossing on foot, but last month I rowed a boat to Antarctica across Drake Passage and saw amazing wildlife. Humpback whales jumping five feet next to my tiny rowboat, penguins, dolphins, orcas, albatross..mind blowing!
colinobrady811 karma2020-01-09 21:09:39 UTC
People said it was impossible, in fact, many very accomplished explorers attempted this crossing unsuccessfully. One even tragically died 100 miles from the end.
Embarking on the journey I myself didn't even know if it was possible, but I found we grow the most when we step outside of our comfort zones. So success or failure, I figured I would learn some of life's most important lessons, which I did.
colinobrady703 karma2020-01-09 21:20:39 UTC
54 days, 932 miles in total.
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