Свершилось: первый в мире человек в одиночку пересек Антарктику

Свершилось: первый в мире человек в одиночку пересек Антарктику

26 декабря американский спортсмен и путешественник Колин О'Брэйди успешно пересек Антарктику, преодолев почти полторы тысячи километров по заснеженному материку. Как утверждает он сам, сложнее всего было не сломаться в последние дни путешествия, хотя они оказались и самыми счастливыми.

Как же мужчине удалось без посторонней помощи 54 дня тащить 170-килограммовое снаряжение при экстремальных температурах? Как он боролся с переменчивой погодой и самим собой? Попробуем разобраться вместе.

Для начала стоит немного рассказать и про самого героя. После окончания Йельского университета юный Колин О'Брэйди решил поездить по миру. Будучи в Таиланде, молодой человек не упустил возможности обучиться дайвингу.

Экзамен Колин сдал успешно, однако дальнейшее празднование было ужасным. Традиционные игры с огнем вышли из-под контроля, и парень получил ожоги 25 % тела. Поскольку мероприятие проходило на отдаленном острове, медицинскую помощь оказали с опозданием.

Врачи прогнозировали, что Колин окажется в инвалидном кресле или остаток жизни проживет с протезами. Однако сам парень верил в лучший исход. Он следовал всем инструкциям для успешной реабилитации. Во многом ему помогла поддержка семьи, особенно матери, которая буквально жила в больнице.

Спустя 1,5 года парень не только встал на ноги, но и вышел на старт Чикагского марафона, к которому плотно готовился последние месяцы. Из 4 тысяч участников Колин на финише оказался в числе лучших.

Тогда же он и решил связать свою спортивную карьеру с триатлоном (плаванье, езда на велосипеде, кросс). В этом деле парень выиграл пару крупных соревнований, и даже стал кандидатом в олимпийскую сборную страны.

В октябре 2018-го Колин О'Брэйди публично высказался о намерении покорить Антарктиду. Оказалось, что ранее об аналогичных планах говорил и британский военный Луи Радд.

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Day 36: THE LAST DEGREE! I’ve officially crossed into the 89th degree of latitude; the last degree before the South Pole. Each degree is 60 nautical miles (69 statute miles). It’s been a LONG road to get here. I’ve actually crossed the last degree before in 2016 when I broke the world record for the Explorers Grand Slam (Seven Summits and last degree of both Poles). I found just the last degree to be quite challenging in 2016 as it was the very beginning of that project and my first taste of polar expedition life. I remember it being so cold and unforgiving, and the landscape seeming so alien. I’m thrilled that day by day the Pole is getting closer now, but the Pole is not the finish line. Apparently there have been many people curious about how I use the bathroom 💩. This seems like a good time to address this as the last degree has special rules. Normally I just dig a hole in the snow, take care of my business quickly (and try not to get frostbite 😉), then cover it back up with snow and ice. However, no human waste can be left behind in the last degree to preserve the pristine beauty of Antarctica. As an environmentalist, I love this ethic. Practically speaking, it’s a little undignified as it means pooping into a “wag bag” and carrying it with me. So sadly my sled won’t be getting much lighter each day as I cross the last degree now on both sides of the Pole... #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Мужчины встретились, обменялись планами на будущее и договорились, что ради честности соревнования, начнут путешествие в равных условиях и в одно и то же время. Примерный бюджет каждого на путешествие составил около 200 тысяч долларов — это были деньги, полученные от спонсоров.

Победителем в итоге оказался тот, о котором общественность знала больше, — Колин О'Брэйди. Среди прочей амуниции у американца был спутниковый телефон, с помощью которого он не только общался с родными, но и постил фото в свой Инстаграм, чтобы поклонники были в курсе его приключений.

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Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First ✅. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica’s land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I’m delirious writing this as I haven’t slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 20: GRATITUDE. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. No special meal for me, just another day pulling my sled and warming myself up eating ramen noodles in a whiteout halfway through the day. But I can feel all of the warmth and love vibrating in the air. In my family we have a tradition of beginning the Thanksgiving meal by going around the table and saying what we are grateful and thankful for. This Thanksgiving I have three things top of mind in ascending order from small to big. 1) Clean socks! I haven’t not changed a single article of clothing since I began. I didn’t even bring an extra pair of underwear to save weight. However I do have a pair of clean socks, and I treated myself to them for the holiday. 2) I am thankful for my health. It’s a huge blessing to have the opportunity to be able to give an expedition like this a shot. I’m thankful that so far my body is holding up. 3) Jenna B! I am so deeply grateful for the love of my life @jennabesaw. They say there is a “strong woman behind every successful man.” I say that phrase is nonsense. Jenna is beside me and more often than not in front of me leading the way. She has watched me fail and struggle so many times and been there to keep picking me up and pushing me forward. She calms me when I am afraid and always knows how to get me right back on track. On top of all that, she is a badass business woman. A project like this has so many moving parts behind the scenes. I’ve got it easy. I just have to walk in a straight line everyday. She juggles all of the balls with so much grace. I love you. Let’s raise a glass this Thanksgiving to all of the Jenna Bs of the world; strong successful women who make the world such a better place. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Большая часть времени проходила в пути. Только вечером можно было немного отдохнуть, высушить одежду, поужинать и обработать полученные раны. На сон отводилось примерно 7 часов.

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Day 44: TAKING STOCK. The reason it’s been often said that this traverse is impossible is because of that fact that without resupply, it’s hard to imagine you can carry enough calories to make it to the end. It’s true; the math is a complicated equation and the room for error is razor thin. In my tent tonight I took out all of the remaining food for a calorie inventory with @jennabesaw I’m so thankful for all of the research and preparation we were able to do with @standardprocess to get my nutrition optimized. These “Colin Bars” have been the life blood of my success so far. Jenna and my mom took a look at what’s left and made a strategic plan. Lucky to have smart women who I trust with my life taking good care to devise the plan. I have to be very disciplined now as I have just enough to hopefully get me to the end, but every calorie is precious at this point. I am choosing to stay in the positive, not dwell on the suffering. Jenna and I live by the saying, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” But the hairy truth of it is...I’ve lost a ton of weight. So much so that I am afraid to take a close look at my body. My calves feel more like the size of my arms at this point. My watch is starting to slide around on my wrist and I’ve had to tighten the strap. However I managed another 20+ mile day on these skinny legs. Fortunately, the most important muscle of all, my mind, keeps willing my body toward the finish one step at a time. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Кто-то скажет, что минус 25 градусов по Цельсию это не так уж холодно. Но из-за пронизывающего ветра температура казалась еще ниже. И в этих условиях приходилось преодолевать километры бескрайних снегов и льдов.

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Day 38: THE NEXT GENERATION. I am humbled and proud that 30,000 school kids on six continents are now engaged with The Impossible First project as part of a collaboration with my non-profit Beyond 7/2 and @daciapjones who is one of the most amazing educators in America. Teachers have developed curriculum around my expedition and students are integrating data from my journey to learn about the science of weather, climate, math, history, geography, fitness, health etc. One of my greatest joys is sharing my expeditions with the next generation in hopes of inspiring them to set goals, live active and healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams. Hopefully this project shows the importance of protecting our planet and that nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Really looking forward to doing in school visits again when I’m back home! Today, I had another parahelion (circle rainbow) glistening overhead. It was stunning. I’ve only ever seen this phenemnon in Antarctica and I’m curious why it happens. Perhaps one of the students can look it up and let me know? Less than 20 miles to the South Pole now!! #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Было настолько холодно, что на бороде путешественника примерно каждые 20 минут вырастала сосулька. Сам он даже шутил по этому поводу.

«Борода у меня растет плохо, но с такой погодкой я могу запросто отращивать дивные сосульки. Сегодня я сломал таких штук 20. Некоторые были и побольше».

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DAY 11: ICICLE BEARD. It was extra chilly today and wind shifted to a proper headwind. At least I can grow this cool icicle from my face as a result. I can’t typically grow much facial hair, never mind a full beard, but I’m pretty good at growing these icicle beards! One of these forms almost every 15 minutes. I probably broke 20 off my mask today, this size or bigger. My mood ebbs and flows throughout the day. During a low moment emotionally today and when I was really cold, I decided to “Dance like nobody is watching.” Yeah well, nobody was watching, but it sure lifted my spirits. Shoutout to Blind Pilot @blindpilot @rdowbrowski for some “We are the Tide” right when I needed it. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Питался экстремал обильно, но однообразно. Энергию для затяжного путешествия он черпал в овсяной каше, курином супе с лапшой, протеиновых коктейлях и высококалорийных батончиках.

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Day 13: WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN. I’ve been asked a lot about what it is that I eat out here. Well, it’s Groundhogs day. I literally eat the same thing in the same sequence each day. Pictured here in my @hilleberg_the_tentmaker tent vestibule where I cook (aka boil water), I’ll explain the items from top to bottom. I start the day with a special oatmeal blend that has extra oil (added for fat) and protein powder. Next in the ziplock bag is the key to my success; the @standardprocess custom “Colin Bars” at 4000 calories per day are what I eat while I’m outside pulling the sled. I eat about 500 calories worth of bar every 90 minutes when I stop to take a 5 minute break. I worked with the top doctors and food scientists at Standard Process to get this just right. We did loads of blood tests and honed in the exact ingredients and nutrients that would fuel me the best. It’s all 100% whole food and organic. Things like coconut oil, nuts and seeds, and additional whole food supplementation to optimize all the phytonutrients I need. Honestly, this stuff is magic and I’m confident will be the key to success. As pictured I have one ramen in the middle of the day for a warm pick-me-up and some extra salt. In my cup here is two servings of Standard Process Veg-E Complete Pro protein. This is the first thing I have when I get in my tent after a long day. Then comes four cups of chicken noodle soup for the soul, and lastly an @alpineaire freeze dried dinner. I have four flavors, but my favorite has been the Black Bart Chili. ~7000 calories total intake fueling me each day. Food makes up the vast majority of the weight in my sled, but each day that I eat my ration, my sled gets a little lighter and I can go a little farther. Then repeat. I wake up and do it all over again! Check out the @outsidemagazine article that details more about my nutrition! #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible https://www.outsideonline.com/2365661/colin-obrady-how-fuel-solo-unassisted-antarctic-crossing

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Особенно трудно Колину приходилось психологически. Пребывать в абсолютном одиночестве в течение 2 месяцев оказалось настоящим испытанием. Он справлялся с помощью поддержки семьи и поклонников в социальных сетях. Также путешественник прибегал к помощи аутотренингов и медитации. Иногда, как признается, даже танцевал.

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Day 46: GRAVITY. I feel like I’m flying!!! Well I must say it feels really nice to have gravity working in my favor for once. I only descended 100ft over the course of the day, but it was enough to give me a physical and emotional boost as I covered my furthest distance of the expedition, 25.5 miles...almost a marathon! Remember week 3 when I was getting crushed by the deep snow and only moving 10-11 miles everyday? That was brutal, but I kept imagining a day like today would eventually come so I kept getting out of my tent each morning and showing up. I believe this is often the case with any big goal. There are so many challenges along the way, and in those moments it’s so easy to want to quit. However it’s in those moments when we need to strengthen our resolve, knowing that one day all the challenge and turmoil of battling the metaphorical deep snow will pay off. No matter what you are currently working on, remember one day the uphill will turn to downhill and the deep snow will give way to firm ground and then you’ll feel like you are flying and it will all be worth it. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Порой приходилось передвигаться при нулевой видимости, что серьезно замедляло путь. Однако за последние сутки Колину О'Брэйди удалось почти невозможное — он преодолел 129 километров.

«Я сделал это. Мне пришлось страдать, мерзнуть, смеяться и плакать, но я смог прийти к финишу».

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Day 50: STRUNG OUT BUT STILL MOVING. I can’t believe I been out here all alone for 50 days. Even having lived it, I can’t quite wrap my mind around it. This wind storm still has not subsided so I spent another day getting beat down. Fingers crossed I catch a break on the weather soon. I’ve been writing a lot about the mental game as it’s clearly the most crucial part of this challenge (or any challenge for that matter). However today I want to honor my body and health. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing in life is more important that being healthy. Without that it’s hard to do or do fully. I’m so fortunate to have parents that instilled that in me from a young age, teaching me the importance of healthy eating and exercise. My dad is an organic farmer so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. Despite feeling exhausted and worn out, I’m grateful for having lived a healthy lifestyle, for without that I’m certain my body would have given up by now. And on the health front, I’m glad to be partnered with @Grandrounds who go above and beyond to guide people to the highest quality healthcare. It’s incredible to know they provide access to medical expertise literally anywhere on the planet! #GrandRounds #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Day 49: PEACEFUL WARRIOR. When I was 9 years old, my Mom read aloud to me the book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman @danmillmanpw . It was a seminal moment for me that continues to have deep ripple effects on my life today. I woke up to the wind storm still hammering my tent, but the peaceful warrior that lives inside of me was also awakened. Immediately as I opened my eyes and unzipped my sleeping bag, a deep strength overcame me and I knew today would be special, despite the constant 40mph wind gusts and -25 temperature. I tapped into one of the deepest flow states of my life for the next 13 hours and made my furthest distance of the entire expedition. 33.1 miles!! It’s amazing tapping into this deep inner peace and strength, but let me be clear; I am not unique in this ability. We all have reservoirs of untapped potential and our bodies and spirits are capable of so much more than lies on the surface. Believe that the next time you need more strength than you think you have, it’s inside of you. I promise. #TheImpossibleFirst #letsbepossibletogether

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Американец решил пока что не покидать Антарктиду, а дождаться Луи Радда, которому до финиша нужно добираться еще пару дней. К слову, Луи пытается покорить ледовый континент в память о своем друге Генри Уорсли — путешественнике, который также пытался пересечь Антарктику, но в 2016 году погиб, совсем немного не добравшись до финиша.

Делись этой статьей с друзьями, возможно, кто-то из них также решится на безумное путешествие, пусть и не столь экстремальное.

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