Preet Chandi a British Born Sikh army officer completed an amazing feat by becoming the first female of color to complete a solo expedition to the South Pole.
Preet Chandi spent the past few months skiing solo and unsupported across Antarctica, announced on Monday (03 January) that she had successfully completed the 700 mile trek in 40 days.
32 year old Chandi commenced her expedition on November 7th, 2021, flying to Chile and then embarking from Antarctica’s Hercules Inlet.
Along the way, she hauled a sled weighing 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds) holding kit, fuel and food to last for roughly 45 days.
She hoped her adventure would inspire others to push their boundaries and defy cultural norms, Chandi told foreign media.
Furthermore, She underwent crevasse training in the French Alps, trekked across Iceland’s Langjökull Glacier and endured 27 days on the ice cap in Greenland — not to mention the months she spent dragging a heavy tire behind her back home in England, to simulate pulling a sled.
In 1994, Norway’s Liv Arnesen was the first in the world to make the trip alone and unsupported. However, Chandi believes she is the first woman of color to do so solo and unsupported.
Prior to embarking on this historical adventure in November 2021, Chandi, who adopted the nickname “Polar Preet” for her blog and fundraising efforts, spent two and a half years preparing for the grueling expedition enduring extremely cold weather conditions, illness and isolation
“The expedition was always about so much more than me, I want to encourage people to push their boundaries and to believe in themselves, and I want you to be able to do it without being labeled a rebel.” She wrote on her blog post.
Proving that almost anything can be achieved, if you are willing to make it possible.