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Georgie(who is this guy?)

South Pole solo

South Pole Solo Success

South 90 degrees
Distance 15nautical miles
Time: reached 5.55pm Chile time which is about 10.55am Aussie time
Weather: minus 30, 10 knot wind chill
Snow: finally found some hard snow below the south pole mirror ball
Hello everyone, it is with great pride and pleasure that I can announce the mission of South Pole Solo was fully achieved.  I got up a little earlier and arrived at 5.55pm just as I had left from Hercules Inlet, solo.  Before I skied the last 100metres by myself a representative from the Amundsen–Scott base greeted me, congratulated me, and suggested  I drop by tomorrow morning to visit their store and learn more about the base.  Reaching the pole, an overwhelming feeling was one of utter contentment.  This adventure has been an unbelievable experience and I look forward to getting home and sharing it with you in greater detail.  It is past 12am my time as I have been preoccupied having a nice meal with two ALE staff staying at the campsite in readiness for the Scott 100th year anniversary dinner on the 17th January.
I am having a rest day here tomorrow and will have more time to write a bigger blog and thank the many people who have taken the journey with me and supported me all the way.  I am truly humble to be in your thoughts. Tomorrow I will also fill you in about where things go from here.  Some days are made for rejoicing and pure celebrating and today is one of these days.
Song for the Day:   “Born to be Alive” by Patrick Hernandez  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rYYecQN3VM
Play it loud and dance hard for me.
Mark ‘Georgie’ George
PS thank you for all the congratulations on the website so far.
categories: South Pole Solo

Comments

  1. Lachlan Goodison Jan 09, 2012

    Well done mate. Very Well done. Pat yourself on the back and take the time to reflect. Chances are you’ll never be there again (we hope). Looking forward to your safe return

  2. Tonza Jan 09, 2012

    Truly amazing feat. Thanks for allowing us to share it. Looking forward to your song for today! Well done.

  3. Janine Jan 09, 2012

    Hi Mark, what an amazing achievement. Congratulations. I have really enjoyed reading your blogs and keeping up with your progress. Wishing you a safe and speedy return.

  4. steve collins Jan 09, 2012

    Well done mate, have enjoyed following the adventure.

  5. John Roddy Jan 09, 2012

    Well done, Mark. Great achievement! I’ll let the Russians know you will take over the maintenance of the Moon vehicle! Safe return.
    John and Karin

  6. Anna Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations what an amazing achievement!!! Well Done and lots of love xx

  7. Garry and chris cameron Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations fantastic effort. We have enjoyed sharing your adventure. Safe journey home.

  8. TG & Jan Jan 09, 2012

    Amazing, that’s the best phone call we have ever had from the South Pole! We are “over the moon” and just so proud of you and your achievements. We want you back asap for plenty hugs and celebrations. Take care on the way back, Love, Jan & TG

  9. Groover Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations Georgie. Right on cue.
    Make the time to take it all in and lots of photos of that little sphere.
    Well done.

  10. Rohan Jan 09, 2012

    Took you long enough !!!

  11. Ridgways Jan 09, 2012

    Hi buddy congratulations. We are so thrilled and proud of you but also very relieved. Was surfing at Yamba and missed your call but will save it for prosperity. Can’t wait to see you safe home and will give you a big man hug. Well done Nicole for all of your support work. Cheers Ridgy on behalf of all the Ridgys.

  12. Tezza Jan 09, 2012

    amazing determination, effort, and courage. Great to talk to you this morning…..Maybe they can put your picture on a $200 note. Safe trip home. Prestons,( we are off to the pool very hot today)

  13. Nobby Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations mate. Awesome and amazing effort. Enjoy the moment, and get home safely!!

  14. Troy Erickson Jan 09, 2012

    Well done, Georgie!!

  15. Ridgy Jan 09, 2012

    Well done buddy congratulations we are so proud of you.sorry I missed the call was surfing with Dylan Sammy and jen. Safe home and i can’t wAit to give you a man cuddle.cheers ridgy

  16. AP&G Jan 09, 2012

    Congrats Mark from the entire Australian Power & Gas team. What an epic achievement!

  17. geoff and jenny Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations Georgie. Great effort. We have followed you all the way with great interest. Wishing you a safe return home. Well done, kind regards, Geoff and Jenny Ridgway.

  18. shark Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations and well done mate! Great achievement both physically & mentally, stay safe and enjoy that big steak they are cooking you :)

  19. Tonza Jan 09, 2012

    To dream it is one thing. To plan it another, but to accomplish it is truly extraordinary. I can wait to hear more when you’re back. Well done mate. You’ve proved what focussed determination can achieve.

  20. John and Mary Goodison Jan 09, 2012

    Our congratulations to you Mark. We have followed your progress with great interest and wish you a safe journey home.

  21. Peter knuppel Jan 09, 2012

    Inspirational stuff Mark – congratulations!

  22. John and Mary Goodison Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations Mark. We have followed your journey with great interest. Wishing you a safe trip home.

  23. Dave Cameron Jan 09, 2012

    Nice one Georgie

  24. Paul Seymour Jan 09, 2012

    Mate, well done, congratulations. Absolutely awesome!:)

  25. Garry woodhams Jan 09, 2012

    IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE FEW BEERS WE HAD ON GRAND FINAL DAY WITH TERRY THAT GOT YOU FIT ENOUGH TO COMPLETE THIS JOURNEY. PERHAPS YOU COULD PASS SOMETHING ABOUT DETERMINATION TO YOUR FOOTY TEAM AS IT HAS BEEN OUT IN THE COLD FAR TOO LONG.

  26. ht Jan 09, 2012

    Yep, ticked that one off the bucket list. Congratulations on your dogged effort and magnificent achievement.

  27. Brian Myles Jan 09, 2012

    Fantastic effort, have enjoyed your journey. Will ctch up with an idea when you get back

  28. Mongrel Jan 09, 2012

    Ace -”about bloody time!!!!!!!”

  29. Trav Jan 09, 2012

    Sensational Effort!!! Looking forward to seeing the two photos you’ve taken along the way!

  30. DR Dave Jan 09, 2012

    Way to go, Georgie. Fantastic achievement. Congratulations and enjoy the day off.

  31. John Archer Jan 09, 2012

    Huge Georgie, huge!!

  32. Karen harding Jan 09, 2012

    Georgie, congratulations! What an amazing achievement. Have loved reading your blog updates everyday. Well done. Kaz

  33. Emma Jan 09, 2012

    How awesome!!! Amazing feat of endurance. Enjoy the moment. Wishing you a safe and speedy return trip. Take care….. Em, Charlotte & luca x

  34. The Borracks Jan 09, 2012

    A massive congratulations on a herculean effort. What an achievement and what an example for all the young people following your adventure, not least of all your own kids!!! Savour your success, you whole heartedly deserve it and no doubt the celebrations will be ongoing long after your safe return. Well done.

  35. The Borracks Jan 09, 2012

    What an achievement and what an example for all the young people following your adventure, not least of all your own kids!!! Savour your success, you whole heartedly deserve it and no doubt the celebrations will be ongoing long after your safe return. Well done.

  36. fergie Jan 09, 2012

    mg you are one hell of an inspiration to us all. Fantastic effort and proud of you for following your dreams. safe trip back see you in the hood soon. go tigers.

  37. Phil coldWell Jan 09, 2012

    Congrats Georgie. Well done. Once again you’ve impressed and inspired us all! What do they sell at the store at the sth pole? Souveniers I assume.

  38. Tina Broun Jan 09, 2012

    You should be so very proud, what an amazing effort!!! Congratulations on a fabulous effort. Now pls look after yourself on your return, we want you home safe and sound.
    Thinking of you and often talking about your adventure – love from all the Broun’s

  39. Gabi Jan 09, 2012

    Congratulations on your amazing achievement Mark! So pleased to read about your incredible & triumphant journey. You’re a living legend. Wishing you a safe return.

  40. Vandes Jan 09, 2012

    Well done Georgie. Great work. Loved your posts. See you soon.

  41. Jarrod Edwards Jan 09, 2012

    You never cease to impress, amaze and inspire georie…. Still find it hard to believe that a Tigers supporter is cable of the commitment you can achieve. Born to be Alive is pumpin’ and the dancing is ordinary as I raise a glass of red to mate

  42. Andy Mitchell Jan 09, 2012

    Beautiful job Georgie. Have thought about you every day and have looked foward to this day, your goal having been achieved. Inspirational!

  43. jimbo Jan 09, 2012

    Georgie, amazing achievement & great to follow you all the way! Hurry home to your lovely, understanding wife and your kids and also your friends & family.
    Look forward to having a drink upon your return Jim & Margxx

  44. Howard fairbank Jan 09, 2012

    Hey, Mark, Well Done, man…..Great pace, and I can relate to that relief on reaching the Pole…Savour and enjoy the experience, as you say,these are the special moments ‘just for you’…..! Rest well…. Howard

  45. Pamela Johnstone Jan 10, 2012

    Absolutely bloody awesome Mark. I have tears I’m so proud!!
    Now get your ar$e back to Melbourne ASAP!!!
    Well done xxx The Johnstones xxx

  46. LISA & OLIVIA MARCEDDO Jan 10, 2012

    What an absolutely amazing effort. Your determination and achievement are a credit to you. SENSATIONAL.Enjoy every moment.

  47. Liz Pople Jan 10, 2012

    A big congratulations to you!!!!
    Following your progress each day has been Amazing- love reading all the fine details.
    Have a safe trip home and enjoy the reunion with your family and friends
    Pople family xxx

  48. peter kirley Jan 10, 2012

    have followed your song a day quest and great that the south pole got in the way, a truely great selection of songs, one could say they were allwhite!. looking forward to speedy and safe songs on the way back to civilization!. Seriously, top effort bud and a crownie consumed to commemorate the feat. See you fit and well soon. take care, kirls

  49. Fuzzy Jan 10, 2012

    If your footy team had balls half as big as yours they would win the premiership. Well done mate. Fuzzy

  50. Matthew AMos Jan 10, 2012

    Bloody amazing!

  51. deano Jan 10, 2012

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  52. Deano Jan 10, 2012

    Well done Georgie, you must be stuffed. Congrats to Nicole and your support staff who kept the home fires burning. See you home soon. Deano

  53. Heather Eustace Jan 10, 2012

    Congratulations. What can I say – Almight effort!!!!!!!!

  54. kath and ross Jan 10, 2012

    Amazing Mark, congrats love Ross and Kath

  55. Guvner Jan 10, 2012

    Bloody awesome, what an achievement you have done so well. Congratulations from us all, cheers
    Mark sue Ross and livi

  56. Alexander Whaley Jan 10, 2012

    Congratulations and thanx for sharing your adventure with us. I hope you can come to Elsternwick Primary school to tell us all about it.

  57. David Jan 10, 2012

    This is truly an amazing feat, congratulations to you and your family and supporters. I have been breathless reading your blog each day. Oh and when you get back please return my call from November…lol.

  58. lisa james and tom Jan 10, 2012

    The eagle has landed.Home fires are burning (I hope not literally)Words cannot descibe how happy we are that you achieved what you set out to do:as if you hadn’t, you only would have returned as evidenced by Everist.Ain’t no mountain high enough.At Wandi with my gorgeous boys.Offered them both a tandom flight paragliding but no ones taking after you so far.Believe it or not you were scared of hieghts at their age.Jugs are on me at the bar tonight and I may have to borrow some money on your return.Might even drop in on Captain Macfarlene and let him know his ripper great grandchild had a ripper of a great,great grandchild.His voyage to australia not in vain as it put you in closer proximity to the southpole.Much love and pride at this special time.

  59. Craig Thwaites Jan 10, 2012

    Congratulations Mark. Unbelievable achievement and have loved following you on the journey. Have a safe trip home.

  60. Greigga Jan 10, 2012

    Brilliant.
    You’ve joined an elite and exclusive group of intrepid adventurers to have completed such a feat (along with your other achievements of Nth Pole and Everest, etc).
    We all knew you were ‘special’ (a.k.a. Different) and this is further testament to that.
    I’ll shout you a giant Slurpee when you get back. (Just think of it as colored snow that you CAN drink!!)

    Enjoy the serenity…..Greigga

  61. Hobbo Jan 10, 2012

    Super effort Georgie and stoked that you made it. You must be over the moon right now, but I’m just a tad bit miserable that your journey has come to an end. What the hell am I supposed to do with my lunch breaks now? I suppose I will have to go back to Googling Zoo Weekly & Victoria’s Secret? Oh well, if I have too, but only until your next adventure… right??
    Safe return mate, see you soon.

  62. Melinda mcdonell Jan 10, 2012

    Oh how fantastic to hear your voice this morning, feeling very proud of you at the moment and so happy you have achieved your dream.
    It,s great to have another excuse to have a wine tonight, it was meant to be an AFD! oh well may as well drink the bottle then! Can’t wait to be able to share one with you. Keep safe on your journey home
    Melin. Xx

  63. PATTO Jan 10, 2012

    Good on you Georgie. You may have to update your music library past 1987 on your return. Safe trip home.

  64. Kevin Zajax Jan 10, 2012

    Mark. As I sit here in the dead of winter in Dubai (28 degrees) and I hear people complain about how chilly it’s getting at nights, I tell them all where YOU are right now and how truly amazing a feat it is. I still vividly recall how you shared your Everest experience with my team in Sydney and, while different, this South Pole Solo will be equally inspirational.
    Hope to see you at Yarrawonga in July where I’ll no doubt be complaining how cold it is! Safe Trip Home! Congratulations! Awesome!
    Kev (&monkey)

  65. Shortis family Jan 10, 2012

    Well done Mark, We have been following the blog and are really thrilled that you have achieved your goal. Will give Nicole and the kids an extra hug on Saturday when we see them. Have a great trip home.

  66. Beau Jan 10, 2012

    Wow, congratulations Georgie. I have been really enjoying sharing your adventure. It got to the point where I was checking your blog first thing every morning in the UK. Great job and enjoy the trip back, cheers

  67. JOFF Jan 10, 2012

    Fantastic effort mate! Keep well and get home safely. Is it all downhill on the return trip?

  68. Merks Jan 11, 2012

    Well done Silver,
    Congratulations!
    Merks

  69. Jarrod brown Feb 01, 2012

    You are officially mental but equally should be very proud. Congratulations

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