Celebrating Preet Chandi's incredible world record for the longest solo polar expedition

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As sponsors of Team Forces, we've been privileged, inspired and humbled by Polar Preet's incredible journey. On 26th January 2023, Preet Chandi broke the record for record for the longest solo, unsupported, and unassisted polar expedition by anyone in history!

Stretching the boundaries of human endeavour, she covered 922 miles (1,485km) in 70 days and 16 hours despite horrendously difficult conditions. The 33-year-old Army Captain surpassed the previous world record of 907 miles (1,459.8 km) set by fellow soldier Henry Worsley, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, in 2015. He was picked up from the ice 126 miles (202km) short of completing a crossing of Antarctica and, following illness, tragically lost his life in hospital in Chile.

In January last year, Preet created history by becoming the first woman of colour to reach the South Pole solo and unsupported. She did so in 40 days, just short of the female world record. 

“It was a lot tougher than last year's expedition - the toughest thing I've ever done. I had a heavier pulk and the conditions were harder this season but I felt it was important to keep going.”

Preet's successful crossing of Antarctica under extremely challenging conditions is an amazing feat! It is worth noting that her achievement stands out even more as other expeditions attempting the crossing this season were forced to abandon their efforts upon reaching the South Pole. She has faced the worst conditions for many years in Antarctica; her determination and perseverance in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to us all. It’s been incredibly inspiring following her journey and reading her daily updates. 

Preet Chandis in a ski mask and clothing standing with snow all around her

Preet said all the support she has received has helped her enormously.

“"To everyone, your support means everything. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. I knew I was not alone and you were with me each step of the way."”

We are delighted to be sponsors of Team Army/Team Forces, which helps to fund sport, challenges and adventure in the Armed Forces community to improve health, wellbeing and recovery. They also encourage and assist elite athletes to compete at the highest level. We are proud to demonstrate our values by supporting and giving back to the defence community.

We salute you Preet Chandi – adventurer extraordinaire and we are incredibly honoured to be sponsoring you through Team Army/Team Forces





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