Magazine article Geographical

On Thin Ice

Magazine article Geographical

On Thin Ice

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ON THIN ICE

by Eric Larsen; Falcon;

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In 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters embarked upon an unsupported 500-mile journey from Ellesmere Island to the North Pole. An always treacherous landscape had become even more unpredictable due to the changes wrought by climate change and this energetic account laments that 'the days of over-ice North Pole expeditions are coming to an end.' With thinner ice it's simply much too dangerous: on occasion, Larsen and Waters were obliged to swim through slush. Larsen wanted to tell his tale in 'a compelling and heartfelt way' and the reader will certainly be entertained by stories of polar bear encounters, the physical drain of dragging massive sledges across the ice sheets, and the detailed accounts of what it takes to plan such a daring adventure.

The tone is chatty and frank, with Larsen frequently recalling the psychological challenges he faced: 'why am I here? …

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