Richard Parks Pops Up in Antarctica

Keeping his plans to himself for almost a month, former British rugby player Richard Parks has now revealed that he is in Antarctica. He left Hercules Inlet on December 17 to ski solo, unsupported and unassisted to the South Pole.

Parks had returned to take another shot at Christian Eide’s 24-day speed record from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. Last year, he stayed almost on pace for 12 days before his body broke down and he ended his attempt after 14 days.

This year, he has run Eide closer but once again has failed to better Eide’s remarkable time. Parks has just over 100km remaining of the 1,130km total distance and has been skiing for 26 days.

Parks took only 25 days of rations to economize on weight but planned to stretch these to 27 days through rationing. He could still best his own 29-day British record if he is able to finish without a resupply, but he has to hurry before his calories run out.

Martin Walsh is a writer and editor for ExplorersWeb.

Martin has been writing about adventure travel and exploration for over five years.

Martin spent most of the last 15 years backpacking the world on a shoestring budget. Whether it was hitchhiking through Syria, getting strangled in Kyrgyzstan, touring Cambodia’s medical facilities with an exceedingly painful giant venomous centipede bite, chewing khat in Ethiopia, or narrowly avoiding various toilet-related accidents in rural China, so far, Martin has just about survived his decision making.

Based in Da Lat, Vietnam, Martin can be found out in the jungle trying to avoid leeches while chasing monkeys.

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