There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing
Whenever feasible, pick your team on character, not skill. You can teach skills; you can't teach character.
It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies.
There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
People who go to the polar regions are statistically less likely to die than salesmen who drive on motorways in England.
The ultimate starting point for planning any adventure or expeditionby far and away the greatest book on earth
While I was serving, I worked as an adventure training officer, teaching soldiers how to ski, canoe and climb.
As a rule, anything that is pretty you avoid when on an expedition in the polar extremes. Normally anything other than white means a hazard such as a crevasse.
Rivalry is one of the factors pushing me. While my back was turned, the Norwegians managed to achieve the first Arctic crossing in winter. I didn't want the same to happen in the Antarctic.
No one will pay you for planning an expedition at first: you have to work in pubs at weekends so you can pay the gas bills. I joined the Territorial Army, which paid me when I turned up to drill nights, and so did my wife.
I go on expeditions for the same reason an estate agent sells houses - to pay the bills.
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