31 – Why do we fall?

While recovering and waiting, I've been reading polar books, chatting with other explorers here and had a logistics talk with a member of the ALE team. All to start working towards the big expedition everything I am doing now is leading up to... And holy shit! For starters, this is physically, mentally and spiritually demanding at a level that borders on the absurd, much more so than even I could have imagined. In addition to that, it is an extremely daunting logistical challenge as well

18 – The anticipation is worse than the attack

I became like an animal in a cage. The few feet in front of me was my cage. And inside that cage, I was in my own world. Nothing existed outside of it. Inside that cage, I was a beast on fire consumed by the immediate fight in front of me.

17 – This moment is yours for all eternity

Let it all go. All thought. All constructs. And just feel Antarctica. Feel this untouched land. Know it. Hear it. What is it saying to you? Don't listen with your ears. Listen with your soul..."

16 – The animal awakened…

Every day exposes me to another strong why for being out here. Yesterday it was the scenery. Not that today's isn't equally epic, but today it was for that second climb. It was a legendary and beautiful inner battle that will stay with me forever. I will remember this moment the next time I find myself in the pain cave, which will no doubt happen again soon enough 🙂

15 – One of my greatest moments in nature

Being on the glacier now is indescribable. It is very different looking at it while standing on top of it versus looking at it from the air. You start to see how small we are compared to the towering might of everything around us. Even as I type this, I can hear avalanches in the distance. It is epic.

14 – The ebbs and flows…

All in all, a solid and smooth day. We are now right under the Axel Heiberg and tomorrow we begin the climb. It looks intense, awesome, spectacular and terrifying all at the same time. You can see crevasses and seracs surrounding our route up the glacier. We have a safe path up, but it's still pretty wild to see all of this up close.

13 – Nothing in life is given to you…

It's one of the reasons I love it, even when it's tough. You get to taste the entire spectrum of the human experience - good, bad, high, low. And when you're not having the best day, you get to practice smiling anyway. That's beautiful training.

“AKSHAY WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT FEAR” – CAL NEWPORT

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