adventure sports ajit bajaj became the first indian to ski to the north pole.
bajaj completed his nine-day expedition from the russian side of the arctic with four skiers from the united states and one from britain, his wife shirley said.
he left india april 14 for norway from where the team went to a russian training camp and then they set off for the north pole on skis," she said.
"they would ski for 10 to 11 hours a day and finally at 4:15 am indian time my husband called me on telephone to announce the team had reached their on the north pole."
"it's a very proud moment as he becomes the first indian to such an extreme test and reach the north pole," said sherly, who operates an adventure sports club in india with her husband.
bajaj, meanwhile, told india's ndtv television by phone that he had planted the indian flag at the north pole.
"it was a very proud moment when i unfurled the tricolor, our national flag given to me by minister of state for external affairs anand sharma," he said.
bajaj, a downhill ski , described the cold as "extreme".
"there is about a metre of ice on the surface and the lowest temperature has been minus 35 degrees centigrade but with the wind chill, it can go down to about minus 70-80c."
"it's freezing up here," he added.
in new delhi, his wife sweltered in temperatures above 40c.
: to resist or endure （经受住）
unfurl : to spread（打开；展开<帆，旗帜等>）
swelter : to suffer from heat（中暑；热得难受）
canadian geophysicists in the north pole, in may 2005
- [in´θju:ziæst] n.热衷者，渴慕者 六级词汇
- [´sætəlait] n.(人造)卫星；随从 六级词汇
- [wið´stænd] vt.抵抗，经得起 四级词汇
- [´speʃəlist] n.专家 四级词汇
- [ə´presiv] a.压制的；沉重的 六级词汇