The Unlimited Child South Pole Expedition – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

21 January 2012 – transcript of audio updates from Iain Buchan and Nzuzo Mnikathi

Iain Buchan: “We are at the South Pole after walking 19,5km today and everyone on the team is absolutely exhausted. It was a slow uphill climb that we didn’t expect. It was very tough, especially the last 4,5km. Having said that we are all elated to be here. It is the most special place on the planet. We are all so happy that we’ve finally made it. We’ve just had a chance to relax and unwind and we had a good meal at base camp. We were all really thrilled that Nzuzo was able to ski today and he did about 14km. The frostbite on his fingers and nose held up well and there’s no futher damage which is great news. He is very tired but he is very happy.

The overall trip has lasted six-and-a-half days. We were really lucky with the weather except for one day when there was a white-out and we struggled with our navigation. The rest of the time, we’ve had the most incredible weather and we’ve been told that it’s the best they’ve seen in this part of the world for many years.”

Nzuzo Mnikathi: “Today has been a great day for me. Even though I really struggled, I’ve had the best day of my life skiing to the South Pole. I started off well but by half way I was really exhausted and I thought that I wasn’t going to make it but the team helped me. I’ve never had this kind of experience and I have to thank Barney, Iain, Zack, Pete and Sean Wisedale for all their help. To all the people in South Africa – you helped me make it and I just want to thank all of you.”

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9 Comments on "The Unlimited Child South Pole Expedition – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

  1. Julie Davis says:

    So proud of you Nzuzo! Glad you were able to ski as much as you did!

  2. Julie Davis says:

    What an amazing feat – well done team!

  3. Chesterf says:

    What an awesome effort. well done. SA are proud of everyone on the team. see you back in Durban

  4. Keith Berning says:

    Well done SA team we are so proud of you! We look forward to hearing some stories from our Doc Peter Berning. Wishing you all a safe trip home. Keith Berning, Plett

  5. kellydavis says:

    Well done team! You are a true inspiration to everyone in SA! Wishing you a quick and safe trip back to sunny Durban

  6. lucindahayton says:

    A huge WELL DONE to Dave Pritt and Robin Beadle of ADVENTUREPEAKS.COM for helping make the groups dream of reaching the South Pole come true… an incredible effort by everyone… especially Nzuzo WELL DONE !

    I hope they are all now warm, and safely back to civilisation….

    Here’s hoping that they are all able to get earlier flights back home to their families now !

    Lucinda (from freezing cold England) x

  7. belindaleigh says:

    God Bless you all and well done!

  8. Sonya76 says:

    Well done. What a fantastic achievement.

  9. Sphamandla Ngwenya says:

    Fantastic achievement… A great collective effort for a great course to help ensure a better South Africa for future generations… A Job Well Done Guys! #Inspired.

    Thank you to all the sponsors and support along the way to ensure this initiative was a success! #Salute

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