In 2016, British polar explorer Henry Worsley lost his life while attempting a solo, unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent. He was attempting to become the first to make such a journey, which remains one of the biggest challenges that remain for adventurers traveling in that part of the world. It is impossible to know exactly what that journey was like, but now – thanks to an unlikely source – we have a bit more of an idea.
Recently The New Yorker
published an amazing article about Worsley and his expedition to the Antarctic. Entitled “The White Darkness
,” the story is written by David Grann, who also wrote the excellent Lost City of Z
. It takes us out onto the ice with the British explorer, providing us with some impressive insights into what that journey was like and what must have been going on in Worsley’s mind as spent days on end skiing across the frozen continent.
Many of us who follow these types of expeditions have some idea of at least the logistics behind such a venture. But unless you’ve done such a journey yourself, it is difficult to truly understand what it is like to grind out every mile, day-in and day-out, in such a cold, inhospitable place. This article will help you to understand what that is like just a bit more.
The story is a long one, so prepare yourself and get comfortable. This is best read on a tablet in comfy chair with a drink or even a snack close at hand. You’ll be going on a journey along with the Worsley, but it is definitely one that you’ll want to take. And when you come out the other side, you’ll have learned a lot more about this man and what drove him to push himself to his very limits, and beyond. It is sad, inspiring, joyous, and humbling all at once, and I highly recommend that anyone who enjoys reading my stories gives this a thorough read too.
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