Morten Andvig (3-5-4-1-2) at the South
Morten Andvig (3-5-4-1-2) reached the South Pole 26th December 2008, after skiing 890 km for 24 days, 8 hours and 50 minutes. This is an amazing new record, nine and half days faster than any other team have used on the same route – the Messner Route.
Morten went together with 3 fellows, Christian Eide, Mads Agerup and Rune Midtgaard. Morten has completed a hard expedition and intensive skiing 12 hours a day. The four Norwegians reached an average distance of 36,87 km each day, which is 7,5 km more than any other previous
The first conqueror of the South Pole, the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, reached the Pole 14th December 1911, after skiing 1.350 km in 57 days (average 23,7 km).
Morten Andvig (to the right) at the South Pole
Photo: Christian Eide
Morten and his team focused strongly on enough rest. Less than 8 hours rest every day will slowly break down the body. They also focused on low weight on the sledges. Each of the skiers started with only 60 kg on the sledge, only the half of a normal expedition. For one thing they used solar panels instead of heavy batteries. The coldest day was the 19th December. The temperature dropped to -30° C and the wind increased to fresh breeze.
The Messner Route starts at the coastline of Antarctic, and the South Pole is 3.000 meters above sea level. Only 70 persons have earlier reached the South Pole after skiing from the Antarctic coastline, without receiving any help on their way.
The expedition also experienced dramatic episodes. The most severe episode occurred after nine days when one of the team members got virus on his heart and had to be evacuated. For the record expedition to remain "unsupported and unassisted", Morten and his team decided to come along with the airplane back to the starting point and start up a second time! The expedition totally went 1.140 km during the 34 days in the freezing wilderness.