Ben Saunders is the first explorer to walk from Russia to Canada across the North Pole over the frozen arctic ice AND the first explorer to hike from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back AND survive. Both times he pulled a 400-plus pound sled of supplies. In this candid conversation, a down-to-earth Ben humbly shares about his self-described occupation of “dragging heavy things around in cold places.”
Ben had a dream to complete the Scott Expedition, an 1800 mile journey on foot to the South Pole and back considered so dangerous, no one had attempted it in over 100 years. The last team all died trying.
But Ben believed he could do it. He doesn’t understand impossible. Instead he took 10 years preparing, raising 5 million dollars, and building a team to make the impossible possible.
Then he stepped onto the ice and into the unknown. For 105 days he pulled a 440 pound sled, over glaciers, ice-fields, even mountains in sub-zero blizzard conditions.
It’s a journey so daunting it’s hard to comprehend. But we all can relate. We each have our mountains to climb and arctic deserts to traverse. We can learn from Ben how to get started, stay motivated, find solutions, and put one foot in front of the other to succeed at our dreams, no-matter-what.
Ben Saunders is truly shining bright and after listening, you can’t help but shine brighter too! And, chances are, you’ll be ready and raring to take on your day and your next great adventure!