Ben Saunders skis to the North Pole
The artic circle is a dreadfully cold and unrelenting environment for humans. It has not been very well explored, and there are many dangers. All reasons that cross-country skier Ben Saunders decided to depart on an expedition from
On the first expedition in 2001 Ben left from
Not long after, Ben decided that he would try something that nobody had ever attempted before. He would ski from
The conditions were harsh and he was forced to pull over 400 pounds containing everything that he would need for ninety-five days. The winds were fierce, and sometimes would blow him backwards from where his start point. However this time he felt more prepared because of the technology that he had with him. He had a wireless telephone that allowed him to not only call people but it also enabled him to keep a daily blog where he could post his facts and pictures. He had brought a good amount of food and did not much loose weight during the journey. He also had a dry suit that he could put over his clothes and boots so that if he fell through the ice, or had to swim through the water, that he would not get wet. After sixty-eight days he arrived at the North Pole, which was at 90.000000000 degrees north on his GPS. He was ecstatic. Conversely, it was getting quite warm and Ben knew that he was running out of time. He now wanted to get to
Ben says that this was a great test of human Limits, technology, physiology, psychology, but mostly a test of potential. He hopes that his expedition will inspire people to try to achieve their full potential and to push their limits. Ben plans to venture to the South Pole in the near future, which is something has not been done by anyone since 1912. Although one of his childhood teacher wrote to his parents that he would never be able achieve anything worthwhile, Ben knows that he is the only person who decides his true potential.
I found this TED talk to be very inspiring. Ben Saunders demonstrated that anything is possible, and that you are the only person who decides your true potential. In this twenty minute TED talk Ben Saunders recounted his two tales very well. He also got across his message that you can do anything. It would have been a better TED talk if he was more articulate at times and used better visual aids. I would recommend this TED talk to anyone who loves adventure stories and the great outdoors. In conclusion this was a very great TED talk and I really enjoyed it.
Ben Saunders skis to the North Pole. Talks: TED Partner Series. Web.
<http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ben_saunders_skis_to_the_north_pole.html> February 2005.