Andy Murray’s brother-in-law ‘becomes youngest to reach South Pole solo’
Lieutenant Scott Sears completed the 702-mile trek to the underside of the globe in 38 days.
Andy Murray’s brother-in-law has claimed to have become the youngest person to reach the South Pole solo.
Lieutenant Scott Sears, of the First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, completed the 702-mile trek to the underside of the globe in 38 days, beating his hopes of completing the journey in between 40 to 50 days.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE SOUTH POLE! Absolutely chuffed to pieces. After 38 days, Bessie and I have made it the pole and officially broken the world record as the youngest person ever to have reached the south pole solo, unsupported and unassisted. “Solo” is incredibly misleading in regards to the people behind this expedition. Absolutely could not have done this without the help of my co presenting sponsors @theshackletoncompany and @juiceplus_uk . Both have been instrumental in equipping and preparing me for this expedition. • A huge thank you also goes to everyone at A1 pharmaceuticals, @etiltd, @progresif_cellular , @scottdunn_travel and CHIME. • Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me through this expedition. It’s always a lot harder to watch someone you care about do something dangerous than actually do it yourself, I appreciate how difficult it must have been, especially for my family, so thank you for understanding (eventually!). Liv will be getting her own thank you post, no words for what she has done for me. • Thanks to Ant @zerosixzeromap for providing all the tracking. Very kind of him to take time away from being a CIA operative of some kind. • Food has obviously become an obsession for me on this trip and I genuinely could not have asked for better help than the guys @basecampfood . I was a customer before and will be again. All that grub was cooked in probably my most prized pieces of kit - my @GSI pot and cup. • The Susmans family business in Sussex also provided me with 8 kg worth of the most delicious droewors and biltong known to man. Thank you! • I’ve managed to fall asleep within about 2 minutes of my head hitting the mat for 38 days, that’s all thanks to @multimat. Huge fan of their products. • All 10 little piggies that went to the market will be coming back thanks to @intuitionliners and Baffin boots. • I managed to stay attached to my skis thanks to @voile bindings, as a person who can’t ski the chances of me destroying a set were high, they didn’t fail once. Thanks to @fischersports_alpine for their help as well, I battered those skis and they’ve survived! • More thank you's in next post....!
By successfully navigating the route unassisted and unsupported, the 27-year-old, who lives in Shoreditch, London, beat the record by two years.
Lt Sears, whose older sister Kim married double Wimbledon champion Murray in 2015, arrived at the South Pole in time for Christmas Day after “hitting the wall” the day before with 38km to go.
Judy Murray congratulated him saying: “Well done Scott Sears – (brother of Andy’s wife Kim) youngest person to reach the South Pole on a solo mission. Got there on Christmas Day……”
In a blog post on Boxing Day, he posted a picture of himself at the pole and said: “Merry Christmas from the South Pole. Absolutely chuffed to pieces.”
Referring to the sledge which held his tent and rations as Bessie, he added: “After 38 days, Bessie and I have made it the pole and officially broken the world record as the youngest person ever to have reached the south pole solo, unsupported and unassisted.
Pt 2 of the Pole arrival and more thank you's...— antarctic_gurkha (@AntarcticGurkha) December 26, 2017
A very special thanks goes to everyone at the Brigade of Gurkhas who supported and allowed me to undertake this expedition. A huge thanks to my CO - Lt Col Crowe, my OC - Maj Nick Lloyd and my Adjuta… https://t.co/qDqVxssaZf. pic.twitter.com/Hc7X8QDvpl
“‘Solo’ is incredibly misleading in regards to the people behind this expedition. Absolutely could not have done this without the help of my co-presenting sponsors The Shackleton Company and Juice Plus. Both have been instrumental in equipping and preparing me for this expedition.”
On the penultimate day, Lt Sears said only snacks and music on his iPod kept him going after he found it hard to go on.
He wrote: “I couldn’t have asked for better weather but well and truly hit a wall midway through the day. I wanted to make sure I was under 30km from the pole for a good finish tomorrow. At 38km left to go I hit the wall, I’ve never experienced anything like it, I would take a couple of steps and just stop, everything was just saying ‘no more, not one more step’.
“I’m not sure what is more surreal, the fact I’m so close to finally reaching the pole or that the shortbread and pepperamis I bought from Asda in Shoreditch are still acceptable to eat after opening them at the start of November!”
Lt Sears has raised more than £33,500, above his original £25,000 target, for the Gurkha Welfare Trust to help rebuild schools in Gorkha, Nepal, destroyed in the earthquake of April 2015.
He's done it! Serving Gurkha Lieutenant Scott Sears has officially broken the world record as the youngest person ever to have reached the south pole solo, unaided and unassisted.— Gurkha Welfare Trust (@gwtorg) December 26, 2017
Read all about his arrival to the Pole in his latest blog post: https://t.co/YcGteYPr4X
His fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scottsears.