When it comes to polar explorers, few measure up to Dixie Dansercoer. The 47-year old Belgian has crossed both Poles, and spent more time in arctic conditions than just about anyone else, and he is also an avid mountaineer and endurance sport athlete. He is also well known for his photography, and has been commissioned by scientific research teams to measure the health and thickness of the polar ice. In short, the guy really gets around.
CheapTents.com, an online resource for inexpensive gear, has a nice blog, which features an interview with Dixie, in which he discusses his inspiration for polar exploration, his greatest achievements out on the ice, and what he finds most rewarding while traveling to the Poles.
The exclusive interview is quite extensive, and very well done, covering a lot of ground. Dixie is a true legend when it comes to modern day explorers, and if you’re not familiar with him, this is a great place to start. The article lists his impressive adventure resume following the interview. Some of the highlights include: two round the world trips (one east to west, the other west to east), ascents on such peaks as Vinson, Mt. Blanc, and Mt. Fuji, the last two in winter, as well as a number of endurance events such as Ironman Triathlons, as well as mountain biking and wind surfing events, and of course, crossing Antarctica on foot using skis and kites.
Good interview, definitely worth a read.