|Birth name||Børge Michael Jangaard Ousland|
|Born||May 31, 1962|
Between 15 November 1996 and 17 January 1997 he became the first in the world to do an unsupported solo crossing of the Antarctic, 1,864 miles from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf to the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. The ski journey was made with kite assistance and also holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole taking just 34 days.
In September 2010, Ousland's team aboard "The Northern Passage" completed the circumnavigation of the North Pole. A Russian team aboard the "Peter I" achieved the same feat in that season. These were the first recorded instances of the circumnavigation of the North Pole without an icebreaker. In December 2011 he traversed Antarctica to the South Pole for the centennial celebration of the first expedition to reach the Pole.
Ousland married at the North Pole in 2012 having been flown in by helicopter with "20 or 30 people".
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