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Aron Anderson the first person to reach the South Pole in a wheelchair

Published torsdag 22 december 2016 kl 10.06
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Aron Anderson Sydpolen
Aron Anderson approaching the South Pole Credit: Privat/Pole of Hope

On Wednesday Aron Anderson from Stockholm became the first person in the world to reach the South Pole in a wheelchair.

He’s spent 21 days, 10 hours a day, crossing the Antarctic ice on a wheelchair with skiis, a trek of 640 kilometers. The temperature along the way, in the Antarctic summer, averaged 30 degrees below zero Celsius.

The expedition, called Pole of Hope, is part of a campaign to raise money to fight cancer among children in Sweden.

Dave Russell made contact with Aron Anderson right after he reached the South Pole, and asked what the biggest challenge has been:

“There were many, but the first one was to get out on the polar plateau,” Aron Anderson says. “That was a climb of around 2000 meters, which was really really hard. Then after that, I ski only using my arms, and the glide on the snow here is really hard.”

 What about the weather?

“We had quite a bit of wind, so there was a chill factor of around minus 36 degrees. Our hands were cold the whole time, you had to cover your face.”

So how are you going to celebrate?

“We’ve got a small bottle of whisky and we’re going to eat some real food, I’m kind of tired of this freeze-dried food. I’ll really happy we raised more than five million Swedish kronor for the childhood cancer foundation. I had cancer when I was a kid, and this is a really important cause for me.”

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