When I'm day dreaming, I like to pretend that I could do something like this. And then I read a real account and realize that I wouldn't make it past the first week.


Having done punishing road trips with little-to-no resources, then done relaxing road trips with ample resources, roughing it isn't for me.

Having gotten lost in the woods and nearly dying but also doing adventuresome, well-planned forays with ample gear, I'll take ample gear every time.

Having experienced first-hand the power of preparation and reasonable expectations, I don't get the love for Scott. He was such a fuck-up that Amundsen actually warned his ass away from the South Pole.

    I may say that this is the greatest factor—the way in which the expedition is equipped—the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.

- Roald Amundsen

posted by ghostoffuffle: 1636 days ago