A Portland, Oregon man has become the first person to travel across Antarctica by himself without receiving any assistance.
Colin O'Brady completed the 1,500-kilometer trip on Wednesday. He crossed the continent in 54 days. Friends, family and other people followed his progress through messages and pictures he left on social media.
O'Brady spoke with his wife Jenna Besaw by telephone soon after he completed the journey.
It was an emotional call, she said. He seemed overwhelmed by love and gratitude, and he really wanted to say ‘Thank you' to all of us.
The 33-year-old O'Brady documented the trip on the social networking service Instagram. He called his journey "The Impossible First". He wrote Wednesday that he traveled the last 129 kilometers in one big, final push to the finish line. The distance took over one day to complete.
O'Brady wrote, While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced.
The day before, he wrote that he was "in the zone" and thought he could make it to the end without stopping.
I'm listening to my body and taking care of the details to keep myself safe, he wrote. I called home and talked to my mom, sister and wife — I promised them I will stop when I need to.
Other people have traveled across Antarctica, but they all had some form of assistance. They either had better, more plentiful supplies or devices that helped move them forward.
In 2016, British explorer Henry Worsley died in his attempt to travel alone across Antarctica unassisted. Worsley's friend Louis Rudd, also from Britain, is currently attempting an unaided solo journey in Worsley's honor. He was competing against O'Brady to be the first to do it.
Besaw told the Associated Press that her husband plans to stay on Antarctica until Rudd finishes his trip.
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他就是奥布雷迪，他于周三完成了长达1500公里的旅程 。他用54天的时间穿越了南极洲 。他的亲朋好友和其他人通过他在社交媒体上发布的短信和图片跟进着他的进程 。
她表示，这次通话很触动感情 。能感觉到奥布雷迪心里充盈着爱和感激，而且他真心想说“感谢你们”——所有人 。
33岁的奥布雷迪在社交网络服务平台Ins上记录了旅程的点点滴滴 。他称这次旅程为“不可能完成的第一次” 。周三，他在Ins上写道自己最后的129公里是凭着最后一股很大的劲儿才完成并穿越重点线的 。而这129公里，他走了一天多的时间 。
我听取身体的声音，注重每一个细节，以保证自身安全，他如是写道 。我给家里打过电话，跟妈妈、姐姐、妻子通了话——我答应他们，如果有必要，我会停下的 。
2016年，英国探险家伍斯莱离世时正尝试独身穿越南极洲，并准备不接受任何援助 。伍斯莱的好友路易斯也来自英国，现在正在尝试在不接受援助的情况下独身完成伍斯莱的未竟的事业 。他本来是跟奥布雷迪竞赛，看谁能第一个抵达终点的 。