In 2018 Captain Louis Rudd MBE completed a journey that was previously thought to be impossible – a solo, unsupported crossing of Antarctica.
No stranger to challenging situations, Louis joined the Royal Marines at the young age of sixteen. He was a Marine Commando for six years before he passed the SAS selection course aged twenty-two and went on to serve in the SAS for two decades.
Louis is a military veteran, having served in campaigns in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Iraq. He has taken part in four major polar expeditions, the first being with Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley in 2011. He also led a team of Army Reservists across Antarctica as part of the SPEAR17 Expedition and was awarded an MBE.
In 2018, Louis set off on a gruelling Antarctic journey, with a bunch of audiobooks and a 130-kilogram sled for company. He travelled for more than 900 miles, through 50mph winds and -40 degrees Celsius temperatures, to become the first-ever Briton to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported.
In the exciting, edge-of-the-seat read, Endurance, Louis shares his account of being pushed to the limits during his incredible and challenging expedition across Antarctica. His courage and ability to keep going despite the immense cold and gale force winds demonstrate inspirational strength and will power. It’s safe to say; we were blown away.
We’re pleased to quietly report that Louis’ journey was fuelled by Expedition Foods:
“I had a rolling five-day menu of chilli con carne with rice, chicken tikka masala, spaghetti Bolognese, Asian noodles with chicken, and spaghetti carbonara, and every tenth day I had a chocolate pudding. The chocolate pudding was all part of my mental coping strategy. It was something to look forward to and, because I had my food packaged in ten-day sacks, I knew that every time I reached a chocolate pudding, my pulk would be around 15 kilograms lighter from the consumed food and fuel. It was like a treat, or a motivator – get through another ten days – and it worked really well.”
Endurance is a fantastic book and a must-read for anyone with an adventurous spirit or interest in how a person may overcome incredible mental and physical challenges. We love Louis, and now we also love his book.