The 33-year-old explorer was the first person to cross the Antarctica alone, living on the energy bar and freezing dry food.
American explorer Colin O’Brady became the first person in history to cross Antarctica alone and did not receive any supplies. Colin O’Brady’s journey just ended on December 26, when he reached the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf.
Colin O’Brady, 33 years old, has passed a 1,500-kilometer journey in 54 days without supplies.That means that all the supplies and food for this trip were prepared by Colin from the beginning, then carried on a snowboard during the journey.
It was a long and lonely journey, able to face death at any time. Before the feat of Colin O’Brady, there were also many people who tried to participate in the journey through Antarctica. However, if these people did not give up, they would have died on white land.
The adventurer was even more surprised when he could complete his journey before the initial goal was 70 days. At the beginning of the trip, the snowboard Colin was carrying weighed up to 180 kg.
On this skateboard there is a tent, a sleeping bag, camera, satellite phone and nearly 14kg of fuel for cooking. However, most of the weight is from 100 kg of food, helping Colin to survive for almost 2 months in Antarctica.
“It’s both a meticulous and precise calculation, because every calorie you carry on the car will, of course, increase the weight you have to drag. You will need as many calories as possible, but must be the lightest weight”, said Colin O’Brady.
The foods that Colin brought include only oatmeal, dry food, soup and energy bars (a snack that contains lots of nutrients). “I eat everything in the same order every day”, Colin said. In order to survive in Antarctica and travel 1,500 km, you will have to accept not eating good food.
Recalling his trip and what to go through, Colin said he started a new day by boiling water, then mixing a mixture of oatmeal, protein powder and cooking oil to get enough nutrients. .
In one day, he will eat an energy bar containing 500 calories every 90 minutes. This is the main source of energy for Colin to continue walking across Antarctica. By noon, Colin could eat noodles with a little salt, and vegetables. In the evening, Colin will eat dry packs. Colin said the amount of food he uses in a day could deliver up to 7,000 calories.
On December 16, 10 days before the journey was completed, Colin wrote that he still had enough food to go to the end of the journey. Besides, our explorer has also lost considerable weight. “My calf is only as big as my forearm. The wristwatch turned loose and slipped off my wrist. I had to tighten the strap. However, I will pass over the last 30km on these skinny legs”, Colin wrote.