South Pole and Vinson

Following in Roald Amundsen’s footsteps skiing up the remote, challenging and highly crevassed Axel Heiberg glacier to the South Pole

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South Pole & Mt. Vinson

At the time of this writing, on November 15, 2021, I am in Punta Arenas, Chile, one of the southernmost cities in the world. (See the gallery below for a map of where Punta Arenas is located). From here, I will fly to Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. I don’t know what that plane will look like yet, but I can’t wait to find out. Once I get to Union Glacier, I will spend a few days there training, preparing and practicing our systems before the full expedition begins.

As soon as we get an open weather window, we will then fly from Union Glacier Camp to the base of the Axel Heiberg Glacier on the Ross Ice Shelf (see the gallery for a map of Antarctica and where our start point will be). Once we reach the start point, we will then spend 30-40 days skiing up the Axel Heiberg glacier to the bottom of the world.

With a team of 3 other polar explorers, I will be following in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole. We will be navigating through a maze of crevasses known as the Devil’s Ballroom and walking on a spot of land that only 49 other human beings have ever set foot on.

Upon reaching the South Pole, a plane will pick us up and we will fly back to Union Glacier Camp. There, I will rest for a few days before flying to the base camp of Mt. Vinson to climb the tallest mountain in Antarctica.

All in all, I will be spending about 2 months in the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth.

I am beyond excited to see what doors this expedition will open within my soul…

(This description about the expedition will be updated once I complete the journey.)

Expedition Journey

This is the planned route for this expedition. The map above shows where I am currently located in real time…

South Pole Journal

(Coming soon)

21 – We are all superheroes

The reason I am posting daily updates of the journey, even on some days, like yesterday, when I was pretty tired, is because I hope something I share makes a difference in your day. Antarctica is teaching me a lot and those lessons are not just mine to learn.

20 – The most legendary of battles

The last time I got in “the cage” was a warmup compared to this. This time I wasn’t talking in my head, I was talking out loud on every switchback as I fought that heavy sled up each turn. It didn’t matter who was around me, I was in my world. I was unstoppable on that hill. My teammates must have thought I was insane 🙂

19 – More bad weather

I was so excited. I got on my gear, started to get in my mental “cage,” told myself let’s go and was smiling, all charged up to take on that next hill. We got out and the clouds came in again and the move up the glacier was called off. I thought of that scene from Braveheart and told myself in a Scottish accent, “well, I guess you got all dressed up for nothing” 🙂

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.

12 – The descent into madness

After leading 3 more shifts breaking trail, when we got to the last one and a big hill came up in front of me, I just said let’s go, bring it and kept cruising on up with a smile on my face till we got to camp. It was pretty wild the wide variety of thoughts that went through my head today…

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