EXPLORER Antony Jinman has reached the South Pole - exactly 102 years after his hero Captain Scott.
The Wembury-born adventurer was on course to complete the 730-mile solo trek in the early hours of day 47.
And the news came through this lunchtime that he had completed the gruelling challenge.
“I am really excited,” he said in a blog as he prepared for the final leg.
“It just shows what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it!”
The 32-year-old’s trek across Antarctica is another step towards completing the Three Poles challenge: reaching the farthest points north and south and the highest place on Earth. The veteran of 15 Arctic expeditions walked to the North Pole in 2010 and plans to climb Everest in 2015.
About 200 schools are following Antony’s progress via a link with his Plymouth company, Education Through Expeditions ETE.
The not-for-profit enterprise on the campus of main sponsors Plymouth University links explorers and schools, spreading knowledge about climate change and remote environments.
He has also been carrying out tests and experiments to help researchers at the university working on dementia and music.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his party died on the return journey on foot from the South Pole.
They were beaten to the honour of being the first men to reach the southernmost point by Norwegian Roald Amundsen’s team and died of starvation and the cold on the return leg.
Antony does not face that danger – although unsupported on the trek to the pole he will be airlifted back to the edge of Antarctica.
He said: “I’m also very excited because I will get to stand at the South Pole on the January 17. This is the same date as my hero Captain Scott.
“I’m really looking forward to reflecting on that.”