Leading from the Edge of the World

Who would volunteer to spend an entire year living in isolation on the coldest, most remote continent on the planet? Stuck in extremely cramped living quarters in an inherently dangerous workplace environment with almost zero contact with the outside world – it sounds more like a punishment than a job. On second thought, with daily

My Wife Made Me Walk to the South Pole!

An Unexpected Visitor  One day at breakfast, my wife Jennifer says to me, “darling, have you ever thought of walking to the South Pole?” When you have been married for 40-some years and your wife says that to you at breakfast, the thing is not to answer too quickly. The way forward is actually to

The Karakoram Anomaly Project: Glaciers, Scientists, and Near-Death

This feature was first published in Issue 10 of  The Outdoor Journal in 2016.  Towards the border between China and Pakistan lies the spectacular valley of Hunza. Famed for its apricots, Hunza falls in the shadow of Rakaposhi, a 7,790m giant named after the mist that tumbles down its north face. In the northern reaches

Centimeters from Death: Mike Horn on Crossing the North Pole

It’s the final day of the expedition for Mike Horn, whether he makes it out alive or not. After pulling his supply sled through the cold for 87 days in the North Pole’s utter darkness, and with less than a day’s worth of food, the lights of the recovery ship are finally in sight. Horn

Book Review: Hope Comes Knocking

My copy of Hope Comes Knocking dropped into my hands at a very inconvenient time. I had family in town and was already behind on work. I ripped open its package anyway and decided to give the book a glance over, but as I read the first page, then the next, and the next, the