Norwegian record-holder Christian Eide calls out German Martin Szwed on polar speed claim

Posted: Feb 13, 2015 07:07 pm EST

(Newsdesk) Journalists may be gullible but it gets tougher to bullcrap your peers. The Polar community is up in arms about Martin Szwed’s alleged claim to have broken by ten days the 24 days 1 hour 13 minutes record set over 1130 km on the classic Hercules Inlet route.


Szwed told media and sponsors he did it in 14 days 18 hours 43 minutes, providing no evidence of his feat (aside some unconvincing pictures). The holder of this record, Norwegian Christian Eide, confronted Szwed on his Facebook Message and sent Explorersweb a copy of the conversation between the two of them in the early hours of this morning. Enjoy!


Date: 13.02.2015


Christian Eide 00:02

…14 days to the South Pole?


Martin Szwed 00:03

hello Chris

yes, 14 days


Christian Eide 00:04

..from where? it’s amazing !!!!


Martin Szwed 00:05

I am sorry I could not publish the GPS datas, but unfortunately I have some trouble with the German government


they didn’t allow me the expedition before and I went anyway


I started at Hercules Inlet


Christian Eide 00:06

by skis?


Martin Szwed 00:06

actually I wanted to walk from blue one, but it was not possible because I was to late in the season




Christian Eide 00:07

..who supported you ?


Martin Szwed 00:10

the crossing was not supported, I was flown out from the south pole with a group of scientists from Austria and flew out over Novo to South Africa


before I was on Vinson with ALE


like I said, unfortunately I have some trouble with the german government, as soon as this is over I will publish my GPS data


Christian Eide 00:11

why are you telling me shit ?


Martin Szwed 00:11



Christian Eide 00:13

you have not the record, and you did not ski to the South pole from Hercules


seen 00:14


Martin Szwed 00:19

Chris, sorry but I did. I couldn’t do it over ALE there fore I didn’t have the money. The way I did it brings me into some trouble now with the government. I didn’t do it for any records, just for me, therefor I’m also not claiming any of you records. 


Christian Eide 00:22

who can proof your record ?


Martin Szwed 00:23

my GPS data, but Chris, honestly I’m not claiming any of you records.I did it for me


I will publish the data as soon as the government calms down


I don’t have any reason to lie or something like this


Christian Eide 00:28

..somebody must have left you at Hercules Inlet, who?


seen 00:28




Note that Szwed took down his public Facebook page today.


Although Szwed says he is not claiming the record, several German news sources and some of his sponsors have published his record claim. Most of them were also taken down today.


As reported yesterday on Explorersweb: Checking with Antarctica logistics ANI/ALE, the outfitter told Explorersweb, "Based on our contact with other operators and German officials, we have received no indication that the expedition took place. Umweltbundesamt / Federal Environment Agency Germany did not issue a ski expedition permit for him to go the South Pole and TAC [the logistics operator in Cape Town] did not provide him transportation following his Vinson ascent."


Also, the NSF (National Science Foundation) said no one in the South Pole staff had seen or heard of Mr Szwed.




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Szwed’s personal Facebook









Christian Eide upon arrival at the South Pole, completing his world record speed ski on January 13, 2011; weather-beaten. (Click to expand)
courtesy Christian Eide , SOURCE
Martin Szwed allegedly at the South Pole after his so-called speed ski attempt. Date of arrival is unavailable together with other information. (Click to expand)
courtesy Martin Szwed, SOURCE
Screenshot of the FB duel (click to expand).
courtesy Christian Eide, SOURCE
Antarctica ski and kite routes.
courtesy Map compiled by Explorersweb, SOURCE

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