British officer becomes the fastest woman to ski across Antarctica
British Army medical officer Harpreet Chandy has become the fastest woman to ski across Antarctica on her own.
Last year, she broke two Guinness World Records for polar exploration, and now she has announced that she has added a third to her collection. Chandy covered 1130 km of Antarctic ice in 31 days, 13 hours and 19 minutes, beating the previous record holder, Canadian Caroline Coate, by 1 day, 14 hours and 34 minutes, reports The Guardian.
Harpreet Chandy left Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf on November 26 and arrived at the South Pole at 2:24 am UK time on Thursday, December 28.
The record still needs to be verified to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records, which can take several months.
"I'm tired, but I'm very glad I made it. It was completely different from my last expedition. In my last expedition, I completely reached the limits of my capabilities, an attempt at speed is completely different. After my last expedition, I knew I could do well on the ice, which gave me the confidence to tackle this one," said Chandi.
She skied an average of 12 to 13 hours a day and pulled a 75-kilogram sled with everything she needed to survive.