I Almost Gave Up Due To Extreme Cold Weather, Says Shahrom
Shahrom said at that moment, only the memory of his family and incessant prayers gave him the strength to face the challenges.
Shahrom, 36, successfully completed the Malaysian Seven Contingents Exploration Club (KE7B) expedition in 37 days, faster than the initially expected 50 to 60 days.
The native of Felda Chiku, Gua Musang, said the "unbearable situation" occurred in the last six days of the expedition at an altitude of 2,750 metres with the temperature below 27 degrees Celsius.
"The expedition taught me a lot about patience, teamwork and the importance of setting aside one's ego and trivial issues," he told reporters on arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today.
Shahrom was greeted by his mother Unaizah Mohd, family members and KE7B president, Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin or Qobin on arrival at 6pm from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Shahrom created history by becoming the first Malaysian to ski 890 kilometres across Antarctica from Messner Inlet on Dec 9 and arriving at the zero degree point at 4.30am on Saturday, Malaysian time (3.30am GMT) on Jan 15.
The KE7B South Pole All the Way Expedition 2015 was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in early July last year. - Bernama