London, July 29 (ANI): A British explorer has broken his second world record after completing the longest unsupported Arctic journey in history, by making the 2,200-mile trek in just 67 days.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Adrian Hayes, a former Gurkha officer, used wind to power his kite-skis as he made the 2,200-mile trek in just 67 days, beating the previous record of 1,400 miles held by British explorer Alex Hibbert.
Hayes, 49, and his Canadian team-mates Derek Crowe and Devon McDiarmid also became the only three men in history to vertically cross Greenland.
Completing the journey unsupported meant Hayes and his team received no food drops and made no visits to towns and settlements en route.
While on the gruelling journey, Hayes carried out monitoring studies for scientists for use in ongoing research into the melting polar ice caps.
"It's been a really difficult and challenging expedition, particularly mentally," he said.
"Every aspect of the trip was sustainable. We lived, ate and slept in an area of 7ft by 2ft in our tents. We lived off three litres of water per day and relied on both solar and wind power, with nothing going to waste," he added.
"We had no resupplies of any kind for two months and no doctor on call, yet, we've ended this trip completely healthy," he said.
"Sustainability isn't about going back to living in caves but being responsible, smarter and sensible," he added.
Already a Guinness World Record holder for being the fastest man to complete the "Three Poles" - travelling to the North and South Pole and then reaching the summit of Everest - Hayes wanted to use his latest expedition, the Emirates NBD Greenland Quest, to highlight the impact of climate change and the importance of sustainable living.
"Personally, I am delighted to fulfill my huge goal that we have planned for the last 18 months, and we're all eager to see our families again," Hayes said.
"The hard work begins now though - using our expedition to highlight what we are doing to the planet and why we all need to think about effective use of the planet's natural resources," he added. (ANI)