E.ON at the South Pole
Gábor Rakonczay had to struggle with the all-day light (the sun never sets below the horizon in the Southern Arctic at this time of the year), with the constant glare of white light, extremely high UVB radiation and monotony. The legendary dangerous storms in the South Arctic also disrupted the expedition, and even the flight to Antarctica had to be postponed due to a storm.
Although several Hungarian scholars have been to different schientific stations in Antarctica to do research, only two climbers from Hungary, Krisztina Bátori Kovalcsikné and Zoltan Ács have been able to reach the South Pole. However, they started their journey at the 89th latitude, which meant covering only the last latitude, about 111 km on skis. Gábor Rakonczay is the first Hungarian to make it to the Pole from the coast of the continent, which is approximately 980 km away.
Originally, Gábor Rakonczay planned to reach the southernmost point of the Earth on January 5th, but due to various difficulties, he was only able to make it to the South Pole only two days later, today, on January 7th, in the afternoon. The Hungarian extreme sportsman completed the 917-kilometer distance in 44 days and 4 hours (this number is calculated by adding up the location points; the real distance traveled is about 950 kilometers), pulling a 94-kg sled.
He burned 10 percent of his weight during the trip. According to him, the real physical challenge was the two hundred-kilometer section, when they had to walk in in deep snow and at the end of the distance, they had to struggle with constant icy headwinds to reach their goal.
The purpose of the first Hungarian South Pole Expedition is to draw attention to climate change, the world’s greatest crisis, as well as to environmental pollution and the protection of our natural treasures. This is why E.ON sponsored Gábor Raconkzay on this tour.
We congratulate Gábor on his success in this challenging adventure and wish him a safe journey back from the South Pole base!