The Lessons of Antarctica, Part 2

John Wilton-Davies is back with Part 2 of his lessons he learned while in Antartica. John recently attempted a solo and unsupported expedition to the South Pole by skis, and came up just short of his goal. Along the way, he gained valuable insight into future expeditions.

In this article, he discusses the impact of weather, saying that it was much better than he expected, and that traveling solo allowed him to go at his own pace and stay warm in the process. The other lesson he learned was in regards to the amount of clothes that he brought. In his opinion, he didn’t need as much as he expected, saying that socks only needed to be changed when they wore out, and that two pairs of underwear were plenty. He also has some nice tips about “glove management” in the extreme cold as well.

It should be noted that the editors at have a disclaimer with both his articles saying that these opinions are his own and are not necessarily endorsed by them. Good to know.

Kraig Becker

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