The first to the south pole took place nearly 100 years ago. Roald Amundsen arrived in December 1911; Robert Scott on 17 th January, 1912. they faced the same challenges then as you would today but there were greater risks.
Omega 3 south pole race
The 2009 Amundsen omega 3 south pole race was billed as the first race to the south pole Amundsen and Scott. The racers faced constant challenges throughout their journey: surviving in temperatures as low as -50c; navigating and skiing while pulling a 70 kilogram pulk (sled); climbing up to 9300 feet to the south pole and, through everything, working together as a team.
The winner if this race, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, travelled to Antarctica in a boat borrowed from fridtjof Nansen. He reached the south pole five weeks before Scott's team and managed to return safely. So how did Amundsen succeed where Scott failed.