Antarctic Tears: Determination, Adversity, and the Pursuit of a Dream at the Bottom of the World

Antarctic Tears: Determination, Adversity, and the Pursuit of a Dream at the Bottom of the World

by Aaron Linsdau


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ISBN-13: 9780996020602
Publisher: Sastrugi Press
Publication date: 07/18/2014
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgements Welcome to the Big Leagues 1 Antarctica's Short History 9 The Course Was Charted Long Ago 19 How to Camp in the Snow 31 Goodbye, Bits and Bytes 45 Crushed by History 59 So the Expedition Begins 67 A Cold Antarctica, Days 1-3 83 Days 4-8 99 Days 9-12 113 Days 13-17 123 Days 18-24 139 Days 25-34 157 Days 35-41 181 Days 41-51 197 Days 52-57 219 Days 58-62 235 Days 63-68 253 Days 69-73 269 Days 74-79 279 Days 80-82 293 Something More Difficult 311 Other major Antarctic expeditions 318

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Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
A true life account of one man's battle against the ultimate force on planet earth, Mother Nature and her greatest creation Antarctica and the wilderness that beholds her. How many of us have had the courage to follow our ultimate dream and actually done something about it? From a very young age our intrepid author was obsessed and driven by the drive to conquer Mother Nature and this books tells us how he achieved it. From his childhood the author had a liking for the great outdoors, joining the scout movement and raising through their ranks learning how to survive. The determination and drive for this guy to achieve his dream of a solo walk to the South Pole is awe inspiring. This will be loved by anyone who has a great interest in mans basic skill on how to survive the ultimate challenges that Mother Nature can throw at us. Honest and down to earth the author brings to life the images of snow storms and snow blindness along with knowing that one false step can lead to serious injury or even death. Pure grit in his deepest hour shows how far we can push the fragile human body and at times it is not the body that is the main ingredient to survive but the mental power to function and focus on one step at a time. A book for adventures and travellers, appealing to hard core extreme sports and gave us an insight on how to focus mind and body to achieve our dreams.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I read in this giveaway. One thing is for absolute certain--you will NEVER see me traveling overland-much less solo just because I want to reach the South Pole! Originally he planned on going overland ther and then back again---but that he made it one way was short of a miracle as far as I'm concerned!! The fact that he was also sick from the beginning---uh but kept on going in temperatures that never really stabilized-at one point I thought he might be suicidal! One thing for certain he never gave up--no matter what misfortunes came and it seemed like they were non stop. Crazy Glue and Duct Tape saved the day more then once. How he kept a positive attitude or at least was able to talk his way back to one was short of amazing. Mind over matter people--you CAN do or be anything you choose.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
My husband has visited most of the continents -- except Australia and Antarctica. Together, we want to explore Australia but I am happy to let him head to Antarctica on his own. The conditions are too extreme for my liking! I have a tremendous amount of respect for Aaron Linsdau for taking on such a daunting adventure. You can literally feel the environment sneak in to the room with you as he describes the conditions of his solo ski trip. His story inspires us to look deeper beyond the traditional signs of success. From the outside, it can look as though we have it all but deep inside, we're left feeling unfulfilled. If you want to take an adventure without the negative aspects, grab a copy of this book! I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ItsMySideOfLIife More than 1 year ago
My Review – Another wonderful adventurous trek written by Aaron Linsdau in Antarctic Tears . We are thrown into the story from the get go as Aaron takes us along his challenging and thrilling trek to reach the South Pole. Filled with first hand experiences that take your breath away we are diving into the unknown right along with him. Aaron keeps readers captivated with some experiences that can cause a chill to go up your spine. Keeping a steady pace Aaron describes his activities and obstacles over hundreds of miles drawing you deeper into the landscapes from afar. Aaron travels through some of the most challenging and dangerous landscapes on earth that most of us can barely even begin to image let alone conquer. The book is jam packed with detail encounters, and chalk full of great information about the areas he’s traveling through. There are many pictures as well throughout his journey taking you in deeper beyond his words. There’s a great feel of what Aaron is going through and it’s difficult to not find yourself almost biting your nails to see what’s around the next corner. Before he begins his 700 mile through the South Pole we are taken through Yellowstone Park during harsh winter temperatures and Greenlands tundra, all in preparation for his upcoming Antarctica where he encounters more than just treacherous paths, but personal challenges that he must overcome. Aaron exhibits great determination and a never say quit attitude which we could all learn from . There are several times where things seem to just go wrong for him, yet he keeps pushing forwards and through trial and error- soon overcomes the obstacles of all sizes. His personal growth from start to finish is easily seen and nearly relatable, even though most of us aren’t trekking halfway around the world in freezing temps by ourselves! We can easily relate to wanting to give up, or facing unknown with questions and fear, and Aaron has taken us along with him for one of the most dramatic and challenging journey’s of them all. The lessons learned along the way are his to take on but we can very easily learn from them as well. Aaron does an amazing job putting it all into words. A must read for a true adventurer at heart who likes some thrills of a trek and some inspiring words !
hobbisl38 More than 1 year ago
Antarctic Tears is the memorable account of Aaron Linsdau’s solo trek to the South Pole and in it, the reader learns exactly what it takes to survive in one of the planet’s most inhospitable environments. From dragging a tyre around the streets for months to build up his strength, to lugging large quantities of butter, the book is full of “I did not know that” moments which educate and entertain. Linsdau’s modest relating of his achievements has the reader rooting for him all the way. There are some hair-raising moments, not least when Aaron starts to cough up blood and the description of the sheer whiteness of the Antartic is both amazing and frightening. Most days Linsdau’s progress is incredibly slow, just one or two miles a day as he fights against humidity, blizzards and hurricane force winds. Despite this, he never gives in and battles on with a determination we could all do with our progress towards our goals. The book also contains a fascinating summary of previous polar attempts which I found fascinating. Why did Scott’s attempt fail whilst Shackleton’s succeeded? I’m now a convert to tales from great explorers. Highly recommended.
Arip More than 1 year ago
What an amazing adventure. It's hard to imagine spending eighty two days alone living in the minus 40 degree, hell Aaron found in Antarctica. After reading Aarons book I have to say "congratulations on a job well done". It's too bad he happen to pick a summer with record foul weather. I am sure if he had better weather, he would have been able to make his goal of a round trip journey to the South Pole before Antarctic winter. It's incredible that Aaron ate 6,000 calories a day and still lost weight. I can see that Aaron has learned a great deal from this trip and would change a few things if he did it again.