Army

South Pole Army Captain Seeks Medical Help

Captain Lou Rudd started his unassisted expedition in a bid to become the first person to cross Antarctica solo.

The 49-year-old is facing temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius (Picture: British Army/Twitter).

British Army Captain Lou Rudd embarked on a mammoth challenge trekking 1,500km across the Antartic unassisted last month but now has had to seek medical attention. 

On Saturday, he noted in his online diary that he's had "to sort his lips out - they're a mass of pus and blood."

He has since started a course of antibiotics and had to take pain relief. As he is unassisted he contacted the doctor over the phone to explain. 

He has also mentioned that he's had to start "glueing" the tips of his thumb as he's got "massive splits" on the ends of them.

Capt Rudd started his unassisted expedition last month, in a bid to become the first person to cross Antarctica solo.

In the latest update on Monday, it would seem the Army Officer was in better strides as the Twitter page Shackleton posted: "45 days and 623 miles into the Spirit of Endurance expedition, Lou had made record mileage again - 18.3 nautical miles."

It went onto say Capt Rudd had said: "Great day today, all went really well.

"I hooked up the music, had Pink Floyd blaring out of my headphones today."  

Capt Rudd reached the South Pole marking the halfway point of his 1,500km-trek across the Antarctic just days ago.

The first picture of him and his achievement was tweeted by the same account: "It gives us enormous pleasure to announce Capt. Lou Rudd's arrival at The South Pole.

"After 41 days of being alone and trekking 15 miles per day, Lou touched the Pole on 13th December 2018 at 16:45."

The journey is being sponsored by SSVC and is expected to take around 70 days.

The 49-year-old is on foot, without resupply and hauling 165kg of kit and food.

If he completes the feat, he will become the first person to cross Antarctica solo, unsupported and unassisted.

However, his US rival O'Brady currently remains ahead.

Capt Rudd is trekking in memory of his friend, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, MBE, who died attempting the same journey in 2016.

 

The two friends completed an 800-mile, 68-day trip from the Bay of Whales to the South Pole together in 2012.

Then in 2016, he led the SPEAR 17 Army Reserves expedition, completing a 67-day 1,100-mile complete traverse of Antarctica from Hercules Inlet via the South Pole to the Shackleton Glacier.

It was the first British team to achieve this and he was awarded an MBE.

Last year, Capt Rudd also won the Sun Military Award for ‘Inspiring Others’ and the Prince of Wales Ulysses Trust Award for best Army Reserve Expedition 2017.

His current expedition can be followed live online.