Liautaud and Stoup arrived at the geographic South Pole
on Christmas Eve, having faced gale-force winds, temperatures that dipped below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) and three-meter-high sastrugi, or frozen waves in the ice.
Antarctica is Earth's oldest and southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole
They hope to reach the geographic South Pole
by December 16.
Byrd in the first flight over the geographic South Pole
Former Welsh international Parks had to end his mission on January 25 after 39 days of unsupported skiing from the Hercules Inlet on the coastline of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole
Antarctica, Earth's southern most continent, contains the geographic South Pole
- and is home to no permanent residents, unless you count, say, penguins.
The Pole of Inaccessibility is more remote and far more difficult to reach than the Geographic South Pole
From his online blog which he updates using a satellite phone, he said: "After 612 miles and 50 days alone on Antarctic I am now standing at the Geographic South Pole
The modern facility sits immediately adjacent to the ceremonial South Pole--a nice silver ball with lots of flags--and the actual geographic South Pole
," he said.
The story of Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition (BAE)--on which sledging parties made valiant attempts to reach the geographic South Pole
and the South Magnetic Pole--has been told several times in recent years, with the emphasis varying between the entire expedition (Riffenburgh, 2004; Wilson, 2009) and the major participants, such as Professor T.
In one week, the team will set off braving blizzards, crevasses and temperatures below minus 40C as they ski 900 kilometres over approximately 40 days to the geographic South Pole
The remote South Pole Station, at an altitude of 9,300 feet, sits atop almost two miles of ice at the geographic South Pole
This adventure spans an entire season, with participants covering 1,170 km from the edge of the frozen Antarctic continent to the Geographic South Pole
The station was built with flexible connecting walkways to accommodate the sliding of the glacier, which also requires the marker for the true geographic South Pole
to be moved annually.
The Geographic South Pole
is marked by a small sign and a stake in the ice pack, which are repositioned each year on New Year's Day to compensate for the movement of the ice.