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In June of 1988 Jim Johnson a wealthy businessman and adventure seeker decided to embark on a quest for the bottom of the world He informed the Guinness Book of World Records that he was planning to set a record by navigating his way from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole within two months On his journey he was accompanied by three of his close friends Tom Brewer Jerry Seinfeld and Sammy Stone In addition Guinness sent a photographer Sally OConnor to take pictures as evidence of his accomplishments As planned on August 1 1988 Jim Johnson and his team of explorers set out for the most inhospitable place on Earth They left from the southern tip of Australia in a cargo ship named Kaluah The ship packed with over 100 dogs sleds food had enough supplies to last 6 months if needed Even though it was the middle of summer the crew noticed large mountains of ice glaciers protruding out of the water as they made their way to the bottom of the earth Eventually the ice got so thick the ship had to stop The team of explorers unloaded their cargo and began their trek to the South Pole About a day into their voyage the group ran into an ice mountain Jim Johnson decided they should attempt to carve their way through the mountain instead of adding days onto their trip by trying to go around it As the group hacked through the ice Sammy lost his footing and slipped falling 20 feet shattering his left elbow Sally a former emergency medical technician put a splint on his arm to prevent further injury Once they reached the top of the wall of ice they realized that the mountain they were climbing was in fact the side a huge ice plateau With their new vantage point they could see something in the distance As they closed in on this object they discerned
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