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American Adventurer Begins 1400-Mile Antarctic Expedition
Amongst those making the journey this year are American Aaron Linsdau, a 24-year-old adventurer from San Diego who hopes to complete a 1430-mile journey on foot from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and back. Aaron arrived in Antarctica, from Punta Arenas, Chile, two days ago, and since then he has been testing his gear and organizing his supplies ahead of his departure. He hopes to get underway today and when he does he'll spend the first few weeks climbing from sea level to the top of the Antarctic Plateau, gaining approximately 9800 feet in the process. That slow climb will be made all the more challenging by the persistently brutal weather conditions and the 330-pound sled he'll be dragging along behind him. Aaron's expedition is a solo and unsupported one, which means he won't be receiving supply drops at any point along the way. Because of this he'll have to carry all of his equipment, including enough food for upwards of 90 days, with him at all times.
If successful, Aaron will be the first American to complete this journey, and just the fourth person to do so overall. Last year, Australians James Castrisson and Justin Jones, along with Norwegian explorer Aleksander Gamme, became the first men to make the round-trip journey from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole and back. Until their breakthrough success, all other attempts had failed.
You can follow Aaron's extraordinary journey through dispatches to his website or on Facebook and Twitter. It should be quite an adventure.
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