PolarExplorers guides oldest American, youngest British woman to South Pole

Sixty year old Bob Douglass of Salt Lake City, the oldest American on record to reach the South Pole, is home safe today after his record breaking two month journey to the end of the earth.

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ANTARCTICA – The oldest American to ever reach the South Pole by ski from the coast of Antarctica at Hercules Inlet has returned home to the US following a 56 day, 1160 Kilometer trek to the South Pole led by veteran expedition outfitter PolarExplorers. At the age of 60, Bob Douglass of Salt Lake City became the oldest American to reach the South Pole from the Ice Shelf, guided by Wilmette, IL based PolarExplorers. On the expedition was the youngest British woman to reach the South Pole from the coast, 21 year old Bryony Balen.

The team arrived exhausted but happy at the ceremonial South Pole on Friday January 20, just two days after the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s historic arrival at the South Pole. During the 56 day journey, the team endured some of the harshest conditions on the planet, including temperatures as low as minus 40F, complete white outs, and the notorious katabatic winds of the Antarctic Plateau. Mr. Douglass and Ms. Balen arrived home safely and in good spirits yesterday, just over 2 months after departing for their record breaking expedition.

About PolarExplorers

PolarExplorers is the premier polar guiding company, a division of The Northwest Passage, an award winning adventure outfitter guiding trips on land and at sea all across the planet. PolarExplorers has been guiding people of all ages and abilities to the very ends of the earth for almost 20 years. The company has guided trips to the North Pole since 1993, and leads clients there by ski, dogsled, and direct flight. They have guided similar trips to the South Pole since 2002, as well as crossings of the Greenland Icecap.