“At home I enjoy large helpings. Down here I’m learning to value small pleasures. The subtle shades of the snow. The light wind. Hot drinks. Cloud formations.”

I wrote this on day 22 while walking alone to the South Pole. In the course of three weeks I’d not seen nor heard a sign of life. No people, no animals, no aircraft. I’d put about 500km behind me and had more than 800km to go. When I began that journey I felt that everything around me was completely white and flat, all the way to the horizon, and that above the horizon it was blue.

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