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Good and interesting read

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 11 Jan, 2019 7:55 pm

https://explorersweb.com/2019/01/09/cro ... from-here/

While I don't know Damien he did kindly give me a copy of his wonderful book.

An example of fake news perhaps>?
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 12 Jan, 2019 7:40 am

Very interesting. Pretty harsh on Worsley as it glosses that his trip seemed to be as much an obsession with Shackleton as anything else.
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 12 Jan, 2019 7:43 am

The New Yorker article mentioned was later redone as a podcast with a lot of audio from Worsley included
https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/alone ... antarctica
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby north-north-west » Sat 12 Jan, 2019 9:15 am

Good stuff. But to me, all the crossings are questionable. I'm waiting for the first one from the northernmost point to the southernmost, via the Pole. That is a true traverse.
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby beardless » Sat 12 Jan, 2019 9:51 pm

These paragraphs from the article (https://explorersweb.com/2019/01/09/cro ... from-here/) made me chuckle:

"In the polar community, the jury is still out on whether kiting qualifies as support. It’s certainly not some easy fix around the hard slog of manhauling. Most kiters will tell you that it requires training, skill, judgment and involves clear risk. At least one Antarctic kiter has been thrown, injured and dragged by his kite, and was lucky to survive. But kites also unarguably aid human propulsion and therefore are technically support.

However, this relies on a strict minimalist view of an ideal, with the body as the sole perfect state. Manhauling is so slow, and kiting is so obviously sensible in windy Antarctica, that one should probably question what is truly the perfect minimum. If pursued ad absurdum, minimalism dictates that we walk naked out our front door, swim to Antarctica, trudge barefoot across the ice, then swim home. Instead, we agree that it’s okay to carry all sorts of hi-tech gear, clothing, tents and comms, not to mention skis, to make the whole thing easier and safer."
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby johnw » Sun 13 Jan, 2019 9:23 am

"minimalism dictates that we walk naked out our front door, swim to Antarctica, trudge barefoot across the ice, then swim home"

Now that would be an achievement :P.
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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby jdeks » Sun 13 Jan, 2019 5:51 pm

Fantastic article, needs to be shared around more - its high time this sort of ' trophy hunting' was called out.

More and more these days we're seeing celebrity hopefuls use deceptive criteria and selective or outright omitted 'facts' to claim 'records' - usually for the sake of monetizable fame via social media. Reading this article, I couldn't help but immediately think of a certain Belgian...

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Re: Good and interesting read

Postby Bootscoot » Sun 03 Feb, 2019 6:18 pm

Tracks by Robyn Davidson...I listened to an audio-version of it on a bush walk...loved it.
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