Last year during my hike up Pikes Peak, I listened to Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts. Here’s the hook:
“On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.”
Imagine now, you’re hiking up a mountain, surrounded by snow and ice, and listening to the harrowing adventure of Mawson. The story goes into all the details, such as building an outpost in Antartica and then being stationed there during the long winter, and hoping that the ship comes back for you! During that long winter you’re battling seasonal depression, lack of food, and confined spaces. It only gets worse from there, because when you go out on the ice, it just gets crazy.
Bottom line, read this book to get some perspective on what’s HARD!
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