To the South Pole and Back

It has been a while since I blogged about a TED video.  It’s not that the videos and stories have not been interesting – they almost always are.  But after watching near-on 1,000 videos I now look to see which of the new TED talks connect more closely with the mission and purpose of our THPL life.  And after watching and listening to explorer Ben Saunders this week I was compelled to share his story.  This past year he attempted his most ambitious trek yet (BTW – this is his third TED talk – the guy is wicked strong of mind and body). He set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile round trip journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. In the first talk given after his adventure, just five weeks after his return, Saunders offers a raw, honest look at this “hubris”-tinged mission that brought him to the most difficult decision of his life.  And so while it is unlikely that any of us will ever take on such a challenge it is really good, as we take our THPL journey, to know what is possible.  We can choose not to do things – that is cool – but we cannot say it is not possible.

Ben Saunders: To the South Pole and back — the hardest 105 days of my life

Loving life when pushing the limits….really far