South Pole Expedition

A seemingly endless march through Antarctica

917 km

44 days

With his man-trying adventure, the extreme athlete Gábor Rakonczay completed the 917-kilometer distance in 44 days and 4 hours, pulling a 92-kilo sled, becoming the first Hungarian to reach the edge of the continent to the South Pole.

Gábor Rakonczay reached the South Pole after 44 days.



Briefly about the venture

After Gábor Rakonczay had marched 917 km in Antarctica, the coldest and most barren place in the world, after reaching the South Pole, he summarized the 44-day expedition as follows:

"Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement, because I made it! I'm here at the South Pole. After forty-four days and four hours of marching. There were difficult moments along the way, but a childhood decision and a present-day thought always carried me forward.

During the last 10 days of the expedition, I often imagined that I would meet my younger self at the finish line, the little boy who imagined what he would become when he grew up. The one who was full of plans and huge goals without limits - so like my six-year-old self. There was a time when, when we met, I would have to forcefully explain why something didn't go as planned. Now I was driven forward by the thought that my six-year-old self was waiting at the South Pole.

I arrive and we meet, we don't say a word, we just look at each other. Then we smile and hug each other tightly. He's still smiling proudly and I'm crying - perfect moment.”

"Standing in front of yourself and standing up - not to explain, just to exist. Without compromises and compromises. This is the freedom on which we bet our lives as children, and which as adults we try to keep as much as possible and for as long as possible."

Pictures from the expedition

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