PUTRAJAYA — Dec. 28, 2017: Explorer Muhammad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin or fondly referred to as Qobin reached the South Pole under extreme weather conditions at 11.05am Malaysian time today to become the country’s first Grand Slam Explorer.
The title is awarded to a person who succeeds in climbing seven highest peaks on seven continents and explores both the North and South Poles.
Qobin, 36, conquered the seven peaks between 2004 and 2010 and reached the Arctic last April.
He is the first Malaysian, second Southeast Asian and third Muslim and the youngest in the world to be a Grand Slam Explorer and joins 70 others who have achieved that feat.
In a satellite telephone call to the expedition secretariat after reaching Point 90 Degrees, Qobin said he skied 26 kilometres for almost 11 hours to arrive at Point 90 Degrees. “I am very happy to have completed my mission.
“I wish to express my thanks to all Malaysians who have constantly prayed for my success.”
Qobin completed the mission to the South Pole with six other explorers and a guide.
He had to withstand extreme cold, up to minus 26 degrees Celsius, and the numbness on two fingers of the left hand as he trudged the 111 kilometres to Point 90 Degrees with a 50kg baggage.
Qobin will spend the night at Point 90 Degrees before proceeding to Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica tomorrow morning.
“I expect to be home in early January,” he said. — Bernama