Captain Harpreet Chandi: Captain Harpreet Chandi has created history by becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo unsupported trek to the South Pole.
- She is a 32-year-old Indian-origin British Sikh Army officer and physiotherapist also known as Polar Preet.
- She completed the 700 miles (1127 kilometres) in just 40 days while pulling a sled with all of her kits and battling the temperature of minus 50 degrees Celsius.
- She announced her achievement on her live blog on January 3, 2022, at the end of Day 40.
- She started her preparations in French Alps where she underwent the crevasse training.
- She has also trekked across Langjökull Glacier in Iceland and spent 27 days on the Icecap in Greenland.
About the South Pole:
- South Pole is one of the two points where the Earth’s Axis of rotation intersects its surface.
- It is also known as the Terrestrial South Pole, Geographic South Pole, or 90th Parallel South.
- It is the southernmost point on Earth and it lies on the opposite side of the Earth from the North Pole.
Discovery of South Pole:
- It was discovered by a party of Norwegian explorers led by Ronald Amundsen.
- They were the first-ever expedition to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
- Liv Arnesen from Norway was the first woman in the world to make a solo trip to the South Pole in 1994.