A Gold Coast adventurer taking a pink “boob-sled” across Antarctica has made it to the South Pole.
Dr Geoff Wilson reached the milestone on Friday, leaving him with 1100km to go in his quest to become the first Aussie – and third person – to cross the southern continent solo.
But he reckons the worst of the journey is over.
“Now I’ve got the shorter run to the coast, which is the traditional entry route for most polar travellers,” he told ABC Radio on Friday.
“The positive is that it’s down hill and it will get warmer and warmer as I get closer to the coast.”
Dr Wilson has endured sub-zero temperatures and strong icy winds throughout his trek.
Earlier this month he even ventured into the elements naked, dancing around a tent to celebrate beating the Australian record for the longest trek across the icy continent.
However, his main goal is to take the “boob-sled” 3300km from one side of Antarctica to the other – and raise $1 million for breast cancer charity the McGrath Foundation.
“I’ve been pulling the boob-sled for 2280km to here, so it’s double the current record for Australian solo polar travel already and there’s still 1100km to go,” he told ABC Radio.
“It will be the first Australian crossing of the Antarctic continent and there’s only two other guys who have ever done it solo unassisted – they’re both Norwegian legends.
“We may, as long as I keep making good decisions, give the record a shake which has been held since 1997 by a very tough Norwegian called Borge Ousland.”
Dr Wilson began the trek on November 4 and expects the journey to take him up to 80 days.