Fancy meeting you here! – Alone in Antarctica, Mark Wood has first human contact in 42 days

After 42 days alone on the ice, Mark Wood had a surprise encounter on New Year’s day as he bumped into a group of Norwegian kite surfers making their way back from the South Pole. 

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Fancy meeting you here!
Alone in Antarctica, Mark Wood has first human contact in 42 days

3 January 2012 – After 42 days alone on the ice, Mark Wood had a surprise encounter on New Year’s day as he bumped into a group of Norwegian kite surfers making their way back from the South Pole.

In his satellite phone blog post on Sunday, Mark said: “A weird thing happened today. I saw some tents in the horizon so I went over to them. It was a Norwegian team going from the South Pole to my position where I started, kite skiing all the way.”

Mark described how, even though these were the first people he had since in over a month, he stuck to his pledge of being wholly unsupported and solo throughout his North South Solo Expedition.

“Remembering I am unsupported and solo, I stood outside their tent and stuck my head through.”

“I could see the guys playing cards, listening to music, eating cakes and biscuits. I said hello to them, and then after five minutes of chit chat I wondered off and pitched my tent about a mile away and had my spaghetti, and mended my binding.”

“Oh well, 130 miles off the South Pole, woohoo! Happy New Year everybody.”

The encounter affected Mark’s progress the next day: “Yesterday threw bit a little bit. It was my first contact with the human population again. It kinda took me out of the expedition.”

He remains in good spirits though, and on track to complete the first leg of his record breaking expedition in 60 days.

With 113 miles left until he reaches the South Pole, Mark is expected to arrive next Wednesday 11 January.