Park Young-seok Returns After Reaching South Pole
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The return of a Korean expedition after successfully completing an unaided trek to the South Pole in January setting a new world record for reaching the southernmost point in the shortest period of time.
With the achievement Park Young-seok the leader of the team now has only one more task before him to acquire what's known as "Adventure Grand Slam."
Park Hyongki has this story.
Korean mountain climber Park Young-seok returned home on Thursday after successfully reaching the South Pole on January 13th.
During a press conference held at Incheon International Airport Park seemed relieved yet excited about his achievement.
"I still can't believe I made it. I did my best."
The 41-year-old explorer and his four teammates started out the journey from Hercules Inlet in Antarctica on November 30th of 2003.
They traveled 1 thousand 134 kilometers on foot dragging sleighs weighing up to 150 kilograms in extreme conditions where temperatures fell 50 degrees below the freezing point.
After 44 days without additional supply of food and necessities the team reached its goal four days earlier than the previous record set by British explorer Tim Jarvis back in December 1999.
Overcoming frostbite and frequent "white-outs" or snow-blindness Park and his crew managed to stay ahead of schedule by 10 days.
"I think there is no other way to do this unless you free your mind and move forward."
The Korean explorer now has just one task to complete before aquiring the coveted "Adventure Grand Slam" given to those who conquered all 14 summits of the Himalayas and seven peaks of all continents.
Park is set to embark on his final challenge to the North Pole in February next year.
Park Hyongki, Arirang TV.
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