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>> I've recently crossed the Antarctic from the West Coast to the South Coast via the South Pole in a modified SUV. My name's Patrick Bergel, I'm a technology entrepreneur from London and I'm also the great grandson of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a polar explorer. I think my great grandfather would of been amazed at the level of technology that we now have.
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And the fact that it could be done at all, particularly in the speed that we manage to do it. It's not fast traveling in the Antarctic, we did an average speed of 27 kilometers an hour, it's more of an endurance mission than speed. And I think, or I like to think, he'd be proud and pleased that a member of his family had finally pulled off something that he'd tried to do.
00:00:48
It was a great moment to achieve this crossing at all. A lot of people said that it couldn't be done in a wheeled vehicle. In fact, it had never been done before. There were two big moments for me. One was at the South Pole itself, the South Pole being a place that my great grandfather had tried to get to on more than one occasion.
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And some pretty tough conditions, much harder conditions than we crossed in. And the other was finally ending the journey, the end of the trip when we'd been down to the Ross Sea and back again. It really came home to me what we'd achieved, but the fact that what we'd done was maybe 1,000th as hard as it had been back in 1916, 17.
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