Many news outlets reported today that Colin O’Brady became the first man to “cross Antarctica alone and unaided.”
However, if you look at the map of his route, he took the the shortest path to the South Pole, turned right and headed for the coast, cutting off roughly a thousand miles if he had continued from one side of Antarctica to to other. It is the equivalent of walking from Daytona Beach to Tampa Bay, Florida and claiming you walked across the country.
Skiing over 930 miles of Antarctica alone is a laudable feat, to be sure, but let’s not overstate the accomplishment. By no stretch of the imagination did O’Brady “cross Antartica”. To cross a continent, you have to follow a more-or-less straight route that passes through or near the center. O’Brady did neither.