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Antarctic Adventures : Breaking Records with Polar Preet

Naina Grewal Darpan, 24 May, 2024
  • Antarctic Adventures : Breaking Records with Polar Preet

Preet Chandi, famously known as Polar Preet, has etched her name in history by shattering records and defying expectations in the icy expanses of Antarctica. Her remarkable journey, marked by resilience and determination, serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring adventurers worldwide. Growing up, adventure wasn't a familiar concept for Chandi. However, the allure of the unknown drew her to Antarctica, sparking a desire to embark on a journey that transcended personal limits and inspired others to dream big. 

Reflecting on her expeditions, Chandi shares the challenges she faced and the invaluable lessons learned along the way, “I was told so many times that I couldn’t achieve things, I was encouraged to stay in this box and I just wanted to show others that they can achieve anything they want. I have found people often project their own fears onto you and not everyone wants to see you succeed. It is important for me to show that it does not matter where you are from, what you look like, or what your background is - you can do anything!”

 

Chandi has now been to Antarctica three times, setting the below records:

 

1.Expedition One: Chandi breaks ground as the first woman of color to undertake a solo Antarctic expedition, covering 700 miles in 40 days.

 

2.Expedition Two: Chandi sets the record for the longest solo, unsupported one-way polar ski expedition, conquering 922 miles across the frozen wilderness in 70 days.

 

3.Expedition Three: Chandi achieves the title of the fastest female to ski solo to the south pole, spanning 700 Miles in just 31 days of grueling effort.

 

Chandi's decision to attempt the solo crossing of Antarctica was fueled by a thirst for adventure and a desire to test her limits. Despite falling short of her initial goal, she embraced the journey's inherent struggles and emerged stronger, armed with newfound resilience and wisdom. As a woman of color in the world of polar exploration, Chandi hopes to pave the way for future generations, challenging societal norms and inspiring individuals to defy limitations. Undoubtedly, her expeditions transcend personal achievement, serving as a testament to the power of perseverance and the boundless potential within each individual.

Looking ahead, Chandi remains steadfast in her commitment to adventure and exploration. While relishing a well-deserved period of recovery, she eagerly anticipates future endeavors and the opportunity to share her experiences with a broader audience. Through her upcoming children's book and ongoing advocacy, Chandi aims to ignite a sense of curiosity and adventure in others, encouraging them to embark on their own transformative journeys.

That said, Chandi emphasizes the importance of embracing failure and persevering in the face of adversity, “I think it is really easy to look at the success of others and not the journey it took to get there. For example, I’m an Army Officer and have done three big expeditions in Antarctica. When I joined the Army at 19 as a private soldier, I didn’t tell anyone in my family because it wasn’t what was expected of me. I found that often when I wanted to do something different, I was told no. I ignored those comments and tried anyway. It was really hard and I’ve had many failures along the way, but that is what has helped me get here today. I’m sure I will continue to fail along the way and learn. Whatever it is you want to try, just start. There is no step that is too small. In fact, my first step was typing on Google, ‘How to get to Antarctica’, about 5 years ago!”

Surely, Chandi’s journey from humble beginnings to record-breaking expeditions serves as a reminder that no dream is too big and no obstacle insurmountable. With unwavering determination and a courageous spirit, Chandi continues to inspire and empower individuals worldwide to pursue their passions and embrace the unknown.

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