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Preet Chandi - aka Polar Preet - 1st woman of colour to reach the South Pole

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Preet recently became the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica. She completed the 700 miles in 40 days pulling all of her kit and equipment and tackling temperatures of -50° with wind chill. When she reached the South Pole she said on her audio blog:

“This expedition was always about so much more than me. I want to encourage people to push their boundaries and to believe in themselves, and I want you to be able to do it without being labelled a rebel.

I have been told no on many occasions and told to “just do the normal thing”, but we create our own normal.

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. Who’s with me?”

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Show notes

  • Who is Preet

  • Deciding to go to Antarctica

  • Why she wants to inspire people to push their boundaries

  • Starting with google

  • Getting to the start line

  • The challenges of Covid and funding

  • Being the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition

  • 700 miles in 40 days

  • Getting back to the gym and needing time to recover

  • Going back to November 2021

  • Flying to Chile first and spending 2 weeks there

  • Sorting out all the food and gear

  • Getting the flight out to Antarctica

  • Being dropped off on the ice and being alone

  • Taking it one day at a time

  • Fears and concerns before the start

  • Feeling excited…

  • Picking up the wrong backpack

  • Being on her own on the ice

  • The joy and excitement of the challenge

  • What a typical day was like

  • The mental side of the challenge

  • Tips and tricks to get through the day

  • Being a head of schedule

  • Slowing down towards the end and not sleeping

  • Not stopping for 40/50hrs

  • Arriving into the South Pole and feeling good!

  • Why it’s ok to do things that are different

  • Why it’s good to question things

  • Being called disrespectful

  • Feeling more and more comfortable in herself

  • Voicing her opinions

  • Why change is not a bad thing

  • Making new traditions with her family

  • Celebrations and Coke Zero

  • Having her first shower

  • Heading back to the South Pole

  • Phase 2 of the plan

  • Sponsorship for the future challenges?

  • Setting up an adventure grant for women

  • Connect with Preet and be kept upto date with her future adventures and challenges

  • Final words of advice

  • Why you can achieve anything


Social Media

Instagram: @polarpreet

Facebook: @polarpreet

We first spoke with Preet in July 8th 2021- you can listen to Preet here -


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