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British-born Army officer begins challenge to become first woman to cross Antarctica alone and unsupported

An Army officer Preet Chandi, 33, who made history trekking to the South Pole has begun a challenge to become the first woman to cross Antarctica alone and unsupported.

Popularly known as “Polar Preet”, aims to travel more than 1,100 miles across the frozen continent.

On Monday, she set off from Hercules Inlet and hopes to reach Reedy Glacier within 75 days.

Chandi from Derby, has already made history by trekking to the South Pole in 2021.

In “phase two” of her expedition, Capt Chandi, from Sinfin, set off on her coast-to-coast journey with her sledge, weighing about 120kg (264lb), loaded with her kit.

She will have to battle temperatures as low as -50c and wind speeds of up to 60mph (96kmh).

On her blog, she said it was “very windy outside but I’m glad I’ve started”.

   

Capt Chandi said she hoped to “inspire others to believe in themselves and push their boundaries”.

“I was told no on many occasions, called stubborn or rebellious because I wanted to do things that were out of the norm and push my boundaries,” she wrote.

“Nothing is impossible. I’ve always had this idea that I can achieve something great, something that allows me to be a role model.

“I want my 11-year-old niece to grow up without boundaries, knowing the possibilities of what you can achieve in life are endless.”

SourceBBC

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