Mark Langridge reaches the South Pole
Last updated: Friday, 16th January 2009, 17:49
On December 29th, after starting from Hercules Inlet on the Antarctic coast, Mark Langridge became only the eighth person to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported journey to the South Pole. The journey took 49 days over 700 miles and saw him ascending 3000 metres in a freezing white wilderness. He reached the Pole at 20.30 GMT pitching his tent just 50 metres from the Pole and is currently awaiting the flight back to the Patriot Hills base camp.
Spectra Group has provided Mark Langridge with two Iridium hand-held satellite phones, including airtime, which have enabled him to send and receive voice and messaging during the expedition. They use the Iridium constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites that are operated by Boeing to deliver essential communications services to and from remote areas regardless of location.
Mark is already planning his next trip which will hopefully be a military team on the 2011 Scott Centenary Expedition.
To read more about the Solo Antartica Expedition please visit www.soloantarctica.com