"Ray Zahab said he and his teammates completed the 1,130-kilometre
journey from Hercules Inlet on Antarctica' s Ronne Ice Shelf to the
South Pole in 33 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes, finally arriving
"If you took a cloud, wrapped it around your head and then
duct-taped it, that' s what a whiteout is like," a weary yet animated
Zahab, 39, of Chelsea, Que., said by satellite phone from Antarctica.
"It was exhausting."
Zahab is best known for his epic 6,920-kilometre run across the
Sahara Desert in 2007, which was the subject of a documentary narrated
by actor Matt Damon entitled Running the Sahara.
Tom Sjogren, founder of ExplorersWeb.com, a New York-based website
that compiles statistics on adventurers' feats, said the men beat the
record of 39 days, seven hours and 49 minutes set by American Todd
Carmichael just last month.
"They have definitely broken the record," said Sjogren, who uses a
variety of materials, including photographs of explorers' GPS
co-ordinates and their logs, to help verify records."