Manon Osservoort or Tractor Girl has reached the South Pole after a 2,500 km (1,550 miles) ice-journey with the Antarctica2 expedition
Manon Osservoort or Tractor Girl has reached the South Pole after a 2,500 km (1,550 miles) ice-journey with the Antarctica2 expedition.
It took 16 days for the crew to travel the 2,500 km (1,550 miles) from Russia's Novo base to the Pole. The speed changed from 0.8 to 10 km/h (0.5 to 6 mph) due to the extreme conditions. The quest echoes the achievement of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary who led the first mechanized expedition to the South Pole in 1958 using Ferguson TE20 tractors.
The Tractor Girl used an MF 5610 tractor specially equipped to handle the snow. It was equipped with a couple of trailers to carry fuel and spare tires. The tractor engine has been running virtually non-stop since the expedition departed on 22 November.
Osservoort travelled with a team that consists of a mother-daughter team of arctic explorers from Canada, a mechanic from France, a videographer, a logistics coordinator from the UK and drivers for the pair of Toyota pickups service cars.