Un Américain traverse l’Antarctique en solitaire et sans assistance Un Américain traverse l’Antarctique en solitaire et sans assistance


Un Américain traverse l’Antarctique en solitaire et sans assistance par Anne Lods

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Publié le Jeudi 27 Décembre 2018

Colin O’Brady est le premier homme à avoir traversé l’Antarctique en solo et sans assistance. 54 jours de périple, 1600 km sur la glace. Récit.

Alors qu’on a du mal à braver la foule le matin à Châtelet ou dans la ligne 13 du métro parisien, d’autres se lancent des défis bien plus phénoménaux. Colin O’Brady, un Américain de 33 ans, triathlète, a traversé l’Antarctique en solitaire et sans assistance. Juste un GPS pour suivre son chemin. Un périple de 54 jours, où le sportif a parcouru 1600 km, équipé de skis de fond et d’un traineau, appelé "pulka", qui supportait 180 kg de matériel.
Arrivé le 26 décembre au matin, après 32h sans dormir et un itinéraire de 125km, Colin O’Brady a évidemment partagé sa joie sur les réseaux sociaux. "Je suis parvenu à mon objectif : devenir la première personne de l'histoire à traverser le continent Antarctique d'une côte à l'autre, en solo, sans assistance et sans aide", peut-on lire sur son compte Instagram.


Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First ✅. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica’s land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I’m delirious writing this as I haven’t slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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Sur son compte, Colin O'Brady livrait les coulisses de cette longue épopée en solitaire. Un moyen pour nous, simples mortels, de comprendre comment l'homme s'était équipé, comment il se nourrissait ou comment il s'abritait pour dormir. 

(On a compté les téléphones : il y en a 8.)


Day 13: WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN. I’ve been asked a lot about what it is that I eat out here. Well, it’s Groundhogs day. I literally eat the same thing in the same sequence each day. Pictured here in my @hilleberg_the_tentmaker tent vestibule where I cook (aka boil water), I’ll explain the items from top to bottom. I start the day with a special oatmeal blend that has extra oil (added for fat) and protein powder. Next in the ziplock bag is the key to my success; the @standardprocess custom “Colin Bars” at 4000 calories per day are what I eat while I’m outside pulling the sled. I eat about 500 calories worth of bar every 90 minutes when I stop to take a 5 minute break. I worked with the top doctors and food scientists at Standard Process to get this just right. We did loads of blood tests and honed in the exact ingredients and nutrients that would fuel me the best. It’s all 100% whole food and organic. Things like coconut oil, nuts and seeds, and additional whole food supplementation to optimize all the phytonutrients I need. Honestly, this stuff is magic and I’m confident will be the key to success. As pictured I have one ramen in the middle of the day for a warm pick-me-up and some extra salt. In my cup here is two servings of Standard Process Veg-E Complete Pro protein. This is the first thing I have when I get in my tent after a long day. Then comes four cups of chicken noodle soup for the soul, and lastly an @alpineaire freeze dried dinner. I have four flavors, but my favorite has been the Black Bart Chili. ~7000 calories total intake fueling me each day. Food makes up the vast majority of the weight in my sled, but each day that I eat my ration, my sled gets a little lighter and I can go a little farther. Then repeat. I wake up and do it all over again! Check out the @outsidemagazine article that details more about my nutrition! #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible https://www.outsideonline.com/2365661/colin-obrady-how-fuel-solo-unassisted-antarctic-crossing

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(7000 calories ingérées par jour pour l'explorateur...)


DAY 3: TENT LIFE!! It may not look like much, but tucking into my tent after a long day pulling my sled is such a relief. The 24 hour daylight creates a bit of a greenhouse effect so it’s quite a bit warmer in here than -25 outside. On the left, you can see all of my gear drying out from the day. My googles and face mask are full of ice at the end of the day, and I need to make sure my socks are dry to begin the next day otherwise my feel with freeze...literally. Behind me is the kitchen where I boil snow for water to rehydrate my dinner and drinking the next day by filling my thermos. Home sweet home all alone out here camping on the ice. Wild! Settling in for a goodnight’s sleep. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible

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En 2016, l’Américain avait gravi les sommets les plus élevés des sept continents, Everest compris, en 132 jours, faisant de lui le plus rapide des "grimpeurs des sept sommets". Cette traversée est un nouveau record pour lui. Et maintenant, c'est quoi le programme ?

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