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Harpreet Chandi, nicknamed “Polar Preet”, became the first woman of colour to complete a solo and unaided trek to the South Pole. She travelled for 700 miles unaided across the Antarctic wilderness. To a track of the days, she used to blog regularly and give updates to people about how she was, what was the weather like and other details.

On the final day of her journey, after reaching the South Pole, she said in her blog, “Hello everyone, checking in from day 40. I made it to the South Pole where it is snowing. Feeling so many emotions right now. I knew nothing about the polar world three years ago and it feels so surreal to finally be here. It was tough getting here and I want to thank everybody for their support.”


Harpreet wants to encourage other people to believe in their own selves and push their boundaries to go and achieve their dreams. She spoke about how on numerous occasions was told to do the normal or the regular thing. What is normal and what is not varies from person to person. So, you need to decide what your normal is. She asks us to believe in our own selves and know that we are capable of anything.

Image of South Pole Harpreet travelled for 700 miles unaided across the Antarctic wilderness. James Eades / Unsplash


She said, "You are capable of anything you want. No matter where you are from or where your start line is, everybody starts somewhere, I don't want to just break the glass ceiling. I want to smash it into a million pieces."


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