I received word this evening from the team at Patriot Hills camp that Todd has become the first American to travel the 600 nautical miles from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole…alone, unassisted and unsupported.
Our suspicions about the lack of contact from Todd these last few days turned out to be true: his backup sat phone had also failed. He was relying solely on his hand-crafted charging system for the satellite tracking device to communicate his position to the outside world (see the posting for day 28).
With no word from Todd since December 19th, these last few days have been particularly nerve wracking for everyone following his progress, for family in Spokane and Philadelphia and for the friends in the more than 58 countries that have logged on to this site.
He has trudged through gale force winds, white out, and bitter cold, completing the last thirty days of the trek on foot after both his ski bindings irreparably broke. He has persevered physically and mentally. But he has arrived at 90 degrees south and we can all now take a deep breath.
Congratulations, Todd! Well done.