After posting the video and blog link on Vilborg, I was blown away by the
response I received. Vilborg said it was the number two blog posting on that day in Iceland – not too bad of a mark to hit.
When I made the video for her, I didn’t think about the traffic it would generate. Only that I’d hope she might use it for her next expedition or project she’s working on. When I only have a few moments to make a video shoot in the literal middle of nowhere, I’m always thinking back to how I could have done better or made things more impressive.
Maybe Antarctica makes it impressive in its own right. Being out in the big empty was a spectacular experience, especially as it was my first major polar expedition.
I had trekked across Greenland on the Arctic Circle Trail in 2008 – that was my first polar experience. (Contact Mads Phil for more data on the trek, as he’s a good source of info and lives in Sisimiut). It was a hundred miles from
Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut through the Greenland Arctic tundra, a serious wilderness slog. This trip was a little edgier, as I had zero outside world communication. No satellite phone, no VHF or HF radio. If something went wrong, which it did, I was all on my own out there. Perhaps it was good mental training for being relatively self-contained in Antarctica.
At least there were no rivers to fall into in Antarctica.