Extreme Travel

From a recent article in the Economist’s Intelligent Life Quarterly:

“The North Pole, Earth’s northernmost point, sits not on land but in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. To get there, you must traverse hundreds of miles across sea ice that is, in many places, jagged with pressure ridges – towering heaps of broken ice blocks – and cut by fissures in the ice that can be so long and wide you must swim across them. Temperatures can plunge below -60 degrees. And, always, there is the danger of falling through thin ice into the deep.cold sea below.”

‘I am not an explorer in the Edwardian sense. The maps have been drawn. But I see myself as exploring human possibilities. I did something many think is impossible. ‘ Ben Saunders…the implication is, so can you.”