MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE SOUTH POLE! Absolutely chuffed to pieces. After 38 days, Bessie and I have made it the pole and officially broken the world record as the youngest person ever to have reached the south pole solo, unsupported and unassisted. “Solo” is incredibly misleading in regards to the people behind this expedition. Absolutely could not have done this without the help of my co presenting sponsors The Shackleton Company and Juice Plus. Both have been instrumental in equipping and preparing me for this expedition.
A huge thank you also goes to everyone at A1 pharmaceuticals, @ETI, @progresif, @scottdunn and @chime.
A very special thanks goes to everyone at the Brigade of Gurkhas who supported and allowed me to undertake this expedition. A huge thanks to my CO - Lt Col Crowe, my OC - Maj Nick Lloyd and my Adjutant - Capt Lou Connolly, who all had to deal with extra work because of my plans! It is much appreciated. I’m very proud of what has been achieved over the last 38 days but serving alongside the Gurkhas will always be my proudest achievement. Jai 1RGR!
Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me through this expedition. It’s always a lot harder to watch someone you care about do something dangerous than actually do it yourself, I appreciate how difficult it must have been, especially for my family, so thank you for understanding (eventually!). Liv will be getting her own thank you post, no words for what she has done for me.
Thanks to Ant @zerosixzero maps for providing all the tracking. Very kind of him to take time away from being a CIA operative of some kind.
Food has obviously become an obsession for me on this trip and I genuinely could not have asked for better help than the guys @basecampfood. I was a customer before and will be again. All that grub was cooked in probably my most prized pieces of kit - my @GSI pot and cup.
The Susmans family business in Sussex also provided me with 8 kg worth of the most delicious droewors and biltong known to man. Thank you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the the blogs and pictures from the trip, I wouldn’t have been able to upload them without @nsslglobal’s help. The pictures also never would have been taken without help from @olympusuk and @gopro. None of that would have been charged without the awesome kit from @powertraveller either.
I’ve managed to fall asleep within about 2 minutes of my head hitting the mat for 38 days, that’s all thanks to @multimat. Huge fan of their products.
All 10 little piggies that went to the market will be coming back thanks to @intuitionliners and Baffin boots.
I managed to stay attached to my skis thanks to @voile bindings, as a person who can’t ski the chances of me destroying a set were high, they didn’t fail once. Thanks to @Fischer for their help as well, I battered those skis and they’ve survived!
I’ve gone snow blind in the past, it’s horrible, thanks to @julbo for keeping my eyes alive for the entire trip!
I wouldn’t have been able to find my way to the pole without my @suunto compasses from @aboveandbeyond or @garmin gps from @projectxadventure.
I’ve always dreamed of having a @bremont watch, I didn’t realise the lengths I was willing to go to get one! Thanks to everyone there who has helped with the Gurkha watch. My watch was vital to my navigation during this trip and it never failed, even in hideous weather. A truly wonderful piece of engineering.
A big thanks to Steve Jones and everyone at ALE. The help and kindness I have received from you all has meant the world and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without your guidance.
Last but not least - thank you to all of you! I never could have expected the support and engagement we received on this trip. It really has meant the world and some of the messages that have come through have been deeply inspiring. Thanks also to every single one of you that donated to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, if you'd still like to donate please visit justgiving.com/scottsears