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Jan 08, 2019

Gábor Rakonczay becomes first Hungarian to reach the South Pole

Rakonczay reached the summit following a grueling 44-day trip. The expedition from the shore of Antarctica to the pole was 917 km (570 miles)

Gábor Rakonczay has become the first Hungarian to reach the South Pole.

According to MTI, Rakonczay reached the summit following a grueling 44-day trip. The expedition from the shore of Antarctica to the pole was 917 km (570 miles) and was completed as part of a four-man team. Antarctica rules state that the first trip to the pole of any person must be in a team.

Rakonczay towed a 94kg sled, lost 10 percent of his body weight and suffered frostbites to his face, due to the almost constant icy headwinds.

Temperatures started off relatively mild at -12 degrees Celsius, but as they approached the pole it dropped to below -20, sometimes dipping to -30.