“I’m working on a book about Arctic explorers, and that means swimming in a sea of sorrow.”
It’s -40F. Your mission? Travel 20 miles back to town on skinny skis while pulling a heavy sled over the frozen earth. Oh, by the way — you have 72 hours or you fail the exam.
Eva Holland attended Extreme Polar Training, a school that teaches how to survive what mother nature has to offer 2.5 degrees south of the Arctic circle. In addition to treacherous, bruising ice, it includes temperatures of -40F and wind so cold and strong it gives you a headache before it tries to blow you over. […]
Sometimes, knowing when to go home is the most important decision you can make on a polar expedition.