From Daragh

Antarctica is a land of paradoxes: beautiful yet fiercely cruel, vast yet defined by its detail. Today, standing at 90 degrees south – literally the end of the earth – I have at least reconciled one of the paradoxes: that it is possible for individuals, humbled by her power, to travel through this land and, with her leave, enjoy a moment of triumph.

For 41 days I traveled further away from home in order to return home. I literally cannot go any further south and I am now returning to my loved ones, who I must thank for their unfailing help and support which has cosseted me against the cold and the wind.

My beautiful wife Anne, my son Conor, my parents, my sister and her family, have all been wonderful.

My thanks to everyone who has sent messages of support and donated kindly to SPARKS. The knowledge of that support definitely kept me going, especially through some of the harder miles.

Special thanks to Angela Lee, my personal trainer, who although she thought I was mad, helped me get in good shape for this journey.

Second, and very importantly, thank you to Luke Cunliffe. A very good friend, a special man without whose mentoring and advice on physical and mental preparation, and without whose support, I would not have been successful. Thank you Luke.

Last but not least my thanks to all the team that made the journey. Doug Oppenheim, Jeremy Rogers, Luc Reynders, and particularly our team guide, Eric Larsen, whose knowledge, expertise and patience allowed our team to become one that not only survived but thrived on the ice.

It just remains for me to make my way home now and although the weather at the Pole is relatively good, the visibility is poor and we are likely to be waiting for a few days before the twin otter plane is able to pick us up.

I am both thrilled and humbled to be here finally. The few days waiting for the plane will allow time for further reflection on the journey. On my return to civilization I will be in touch again.

Over and out.

- Daragh and Team Le Cheile