Unarmed to the South Pole

Cato Zahl Pedersen and guides at Pole

Above, the expedition hero shot...from left: guide Lars Ebbesen, Cato Zani Pedersen, and guide Odd Harald Hauge).

Cato, a Norwegian, had lost both of his arms due to a high voltage accident when he was 12. This successful 1994-95 ski trip from Berkner Island to Pole was the first by a disabled person.

They left Berkner Island on 4 November 1994 and arrived at Pole on 27 December. Cato dragged his 200 pound pulk the entire distance, while using the prosthetic hook on his right arm to hold a single ski pole.

The venture was documented in the book The Impossible Journey--Unarmed to the South Pole by Odd Hauge. More information about this trek is in this 6 January 1995 New York Times article which may not be available to nonsubscribers.

The above photo was in the dome pool room in 2005 where I scanned it...and the referenced book was in the quiet reading room.