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Colin O'Brady & Lou Rudd

O’Brady and Rudd race for a world first

Date: November 30, 2018
Approximate GPS Location: (-86.96°S, -81.76°W)

Lou Rudd and Colin O'Brady are locked in a race to become the first person to traverse Antarctica solo, unsupported and unassisted. The two men must make it from Hercules Inlet on the coast of Antarctica to the Ross Ice Shelf on the other side of the continent, on route they will pass through the South Pole.

26 days in and the race is still far too close to call. Despite starting a day later than Rudd, O'Brady currently holds an approximately two-day lead. O'Brady is 41km ahead, but with dangerously variable weather conditions a two-day lead could evaporate quickly.

In the early going both men have struggled with snowstorms and white-outs. Navigating in these conditions requires complete trust in your compass and GPS. Their next major challenge will be sastrugi fields as they head up towards the Thiel mountain range. Sastrugi are hard ridges of snow and ice formed by the polar winds, they can make moving a heavy sled significantly more difficult and present a serious injury risk. Even a minor fall in the Antarctic wilderness could prove deadly.


update history

Race Ends, Rudd Completes Traverse

January 02, 2019 // The Great Antarctic Race
O'Brady Wins Race

O’Brady Completes His Impossible First; Wins Race

December 27, 2018 // The Great Antarctic Race

O’Brady First to South Pole

December 13, 2018 // The Great Antarctic Race



  1. eddy de wilde December 21, 2018

    As if the job isn’t hard enough, who needs a competitor breathing down your neck?

  2. Greg Michaels December 21, 2018

    I know, right? Totally agree.

  3. Tomas Walken May 31, 2019

    There are some fascinating deadlines on this article however I don’t know if I Com SB see all of them middle to heart. There is some validity but I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively


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