Pole to Pole: One Man, 20 Million Steps
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The incredible story of Pat Farmer's inspiring run from the North Pole to the South Pole
In January 2012, Pat Farmer accomplished one of the greatest feats in human history. He'd arrived at the South Pole after the longest and arguably most dangerous run ever made, a physical and mental triumph that put him in the company of the world's greatest adventurers—Sir Edmund Hillary, Robert Falcon Scott, and Thor Heyerdahl. Pat Farmer's Pole to Pole Run, dedicated to raising funds for the Red Cross, began at the North Pole in April 2011 and took him through Canada, the United States, Central America, and South America to his ultimate destination in the Antarctic, the South Pole. In total, Farmer had covered more than 13,000 miles. He ran an incredible average of 52.8 miles every day, and some days up to 62 miles or more. The epic trek saw Pat brave blizzards; nearly lose his life when he became lost in the blazing deserts of Peru; and evade polar bears, snakes, crocodiles, armed bandits, and rogue militias. He defied unimaginable pain, suffered dehydration and stress injuries, and destroyed his feet. Unbelievably, he set a new running record for the South Pole, while being blasted by ferocious winds and glacial temperatures. His diary chronicles the highs and lows of an extreme athlete, reveals how he kept going through some of the most inhospitable places on earth, and is sure to inspire, amaze, and motivate.
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Three layers: an outside layer to stop the snow coming in, an inside layer to prevent vapour coming off your body and dampening the bag, and a sleeping layer rated to keep you warm down to –45 degrees Celsius. April 9 Since we set out, we have travelled almost 80 kilometres. This is just about okay. Clambering over the pressure ridges is slowing us down, as is Eric’s insistence on frequent stops. Jose already has frostbite on the end of three toes. He says it will be okay; he just has to find a.
Ice, I was wearing boots and snowshoes, which shortened the length of my calf muscles, so I have to take it easy these first few days before they lengthen again, or I’ll risk tearing a tendon, which could end my quest. The food, of course, is way better. CANADA 53 May 26 We’ve settled into a daily routine. Bernie wakes me at 5 am, and we determine the day’s route. I get dressed, warm up, stretch, take my vitamins with a cup of tea and start by walking briskly for a kilometre or so. Bernie.
Pressure ridges in white-outs, my mind can roam free. Today, I pondered building a home back in Australia when I return, and what work I will do when this journey is over. I have a dream of starting an organisation that helps adventurers achieve their dreams as I’m achieving mine. I’m a devotee of positive visualisation, and as I run I conjure up images of me finishing this event on time, fit and healthy, and having raised millions of dollars for the needy. I’m not feeling strong at the moment,.
Stop–start media schedule; I’m feeling wasted, tired and sore. For the first time, I admitted to the others that I’m human. I’m not feeling happy. I’m not always able to talk about my vulnerabilities. I don’t like to acknowledge them even to myself, and I don’t want the team to think I’m faltering. But, after all, I’m only human, and I feel very human today. The forces of nature are still very much in control. The visit to New Orleans has been imposed on me by the Red Cross because the place is.
Again strongly, both physically and mentally, each day. Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti, both great marathon runners, ran only two marathons a year, because they gave those races all they had: they left nothing in the tank. But I’m going to be running two marathons a day every day for more than 11 months, and the only way I can accomplish that is to pace myself and not wear my body out. It’s more about holding back when you’re feeling good than pushing hard when you’re feeling bad. I’m all.