Alone in Antarctica, things almost don’t pan out
An extract from ‘Dream of a Lifetime – Crossing Antarctica’ by Mike Horn
Growing up in SA during the 1960s and 1970s, world-renowned explorer Mike Horn relocated to Switzerland almost 30 years ago. Today he’s a famous adventurer, having made a name for himself as a leading explorer, travelling to some of the most isolated destinations on the planet. He’s the host of the French reality television show The Island, and in 2014 was the mental coach of Germany’s national soccer team, who won that year’s Fifa World Cup. He has been described as France’s Bear Grylls. But Horn has had one dream since childhood: to cross Antarctica. In December 2016, he finally made his dream come true. He crossed the South Pole unassisted, journeying across the immense, white desert by kite-ski and sled alone. He writes about it in Dream of a Lifetime – Crossing Antarctica. It’s a thrilling tale, one of many shocking setbacks but also of overcoming adversity through sheer willpower. In this extract, he discovered that he has lost essential items – his stove and cooking pot – through a hole in his tarp.
What did I have at my disposal to use as a container? What did I have left? I had one empty fuel bottle stored in the bottom of the sled. Capacity? Seven hundred and fifty millilitres, as opposed to my lost saucepan’s five litres. In other words, I was going to have to repeat the same operation six times, every morning and night, to melt the ice for my daily ration of water...