THE BLOG
01/17/2012 02:55 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2012

Status Update: Trekking Through Antarctica

After I was forced to find an alternate route to the South Pole for my Pole2Pole Expedition due to an iceberg the size of the capital of Germany breaking off from the Antarctic coast and obstructing my planned pathway, I found a military aircraft and a crew willing to escort me to the continent to begin a two-month-long ski trip across the icy, unforgiving terrain. I will ski a total of 2,200 kilometers (1,300 miles), then return to Ecuador and finally travel back to Antarctica by sailboat in March 2012, completing the Pole2Pole expedition within one year of its start.

I have experienced numerous trials and tribulations since arriving on the world's southernmost continent. During the first week in Antarctica, I damaged a fuel can, which caused me to lose five liters of cooking fuel plus a week's worth of food. I have traversed elevations of 700 meters (.5 miles) and higher while pulling a 100 kilogram sled (220 lbs) and experienced an Antarctic hurricane that caused damage to my tent, which was fortunately reparable. While kite-skiing last week, I experienced another setback when I crashed and broke my rib. Despite these difficulties, I was in Antarctica during the Centennial Anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's successful expedition to the South Pole. Roald was a member of The Explorers Club, like me, and was also sponsored by watchmaker, Zenith. My crew and I were also able to celebrate Christmas with candy, raisins, bacon, sausage, and whiskey. I am currently projected to arrive at the South Pole by mid-January.

As I finish my journey, I am sure I will experience more difficulties, but problems are made to be solved, and we will find a solution. I will continue to provide updates through my blog and Twitter feed.