Two men attempt to cross Antarctica solo

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Two explorers began their expedition earlier this month to try to cross Antarctica on their own, without any support.

Colin O'Brady is a seasoned athlete who has a world record in climbing the top of the highest peaks in all seven continents in just 132 days, while Louis Rudd decided to make this expedition to honor his friend who taught him about polar exploration.

O'Brady and Rudd began their journey on the Ronne Ice Shelf, which is 600-feet thick, in Antarctica and plan to finish on Ross Ice Shelf, taking around two months, reports the New York Times.

They could be skiing up to 12 hours a day in winds of up to 100 mph, according to Gear Junkie.

To make their trip, the two men had to carry equipment such as sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures of -40 degrees Fahrenheit, portable solar panels, cross-country skis, satellite phones, and a GPS tracker among other things.

During their expedition, they will have to carry Nordic sleds, called pulks, with them along with food, cooking fuel, camping gear and skis covered with synthetic skin for better traction.

The only person who has successfully completed a solo journey on Antarctica is Felicity Aston who went on a 1,084-mile solo journey from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Ronne Ice Shelf on Antarctica and received a Guinness World Record, according to reports.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Antarctica map
2. Skiing in Antarctica
3. Equipment the men took with them
4. What the men would have to take with them during their expedition

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The New York Times reports Colin O'Brady and Louis Rudd began their journey on the Ronne Ice Shelf, which is 600-feet thick, in Antarctica and plan to finish on Ross Ice Shelf, taking around two months."

"According to Gear Junkie, they could be skiing up to 12 hours a day in winds of up to 100 mph."

"To make their trip, the two men had to carry equipment such as sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures of -40 degrees Fahrenheit, portable solar panels, cross-country skis, satellite phones, and a GPS tracker among other things."

"During their expedition, they will have to carry Nordic sleds, called pulks, with them along with food, cooking fuel, camping gear and skis covered with synthetic skin for better traction."

SOURCES: The New York Times, Gear Junkie, The Star, Business Insider,
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/sports/antarctica-race.html
https://gearjunkie.com/solo-antarctic-crossings-2019
https://www.thestar.com/sports/2018/11/10/two-adventurers-push-each-other-and-past-each-other-to-be-first-to-cross-antarctica-solo.html
http://uk.businessinsider.com/solo-trek-across-antarctica-colin-obrady-2018-11?r=US&IR=T