During his journey, Shahrom survived the freezing temperatures and extreme conditions. His will was tested in the last six days of the expedition, another 180km to the South pole. Shahrom revealed that he almost gave up when he suffered from severe breathing difficulties when hit by cold winds of 47 degrees Celsius below freezing point and the temperature plunged as low as minus 27 degrees Celsius at an altitude of 2,750 metres.
Another obstacle faced by Shahrom was when he had to get through the ‘sastrugi’, a wavelike ridge of hard snow, formed by the wind that was as high as approximately 0.6 metres and a thickness of 3 metres. A lot of skill and physical strength was needed for Shahrom to ski while pulling his sledge of 2 metres long and a weight of 70kg. His intensive training paid off when he had to pull his sledge of supplies and equipment which doubled up to 140kg from its original weight when climbing areas with ridges of thick snow.
Onto the next adventure. . .
Shahrom is determined to conquer the North Pole next year. He also plans to reach 14 mountain peaks on the Himalayan Range. For now, Shahrom hopes that his achievement, paved with trials and tribulation, will encourage his colleagues at MMC Group to dream big, set target and take actions to achieve bigger accomplishments. Moreover, he hopes that his triumph in the expedition will serve as proof that we all have the potential to succeed if we have the will to do so.
One thing’s for sure, Shahrom’s achievement and contribution to the country is an inspiration to us all.