Gábor Rakonczay - the first Hungarian to reach the South Pole

It may have happened a good 100 years after Roald Amundsen's historic trip, but for a country with a temperate climate and no cold mountains to speak of, this is still a major achievement.

After a grueling 44-day trip, Gábor Rakonczay reached the South Pole, Hungarian news agency MTI reports. The trip from the shore of Antarctica to the pole was 917 km (570 miles) and he completed it as the leader of a four-man team - according to Antarctica rules, the first trip to the pole of a person must be in a team.

Temperatures were initially just under -12 degrees Celsius, but as they approached the pole it sank to below -20 and occasionally as low as -30. During the trip he towed a 94-kg (207 pounds) sled, lost 10 percent of his body weight and suffered frostbites to his face, due to the almost constant icy headwinds.

Rakonczay crossed the Atlantic in a three-man canoe in 2008 and in a record 61 days in a solo trip in 2012. He almost died on the second trip, as halfway through the distance his canoe capsized, all electrical equipment - including GPS and satellite radio - had been disabled and he completed the distance without any connection to the outside world.

Title image: Gábor Rakonczay on November 22, 2018 (MTI/Camera Kft)

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