Sick Explorer Airlifted from Antarctica

Norwegian skier hoped to break record

Dec 7, 2011
Outside Magazine

A Norwegian explorer attempting to break the speed record for skiing to the South Pole was airlifted from the ice on Sunday as his health deteriorated. Traveling alone and unsupported, Steffen Dahl was in position to challenge fellow Norwegian Christian Eide's speed record before falling ill on Thursday. After a course of antibiotics failed to improve his symptoms Dahl requested an evacuation. He was picked up by a plane that was en route to the pole, allowing Dahl a brief visit before heading to Union Glacier base for medical treatment. Eide's record for crossing the 700-mile expanse stands at 24 days, 1 hour, 13 minutes.

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