Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My over all reaction to my week five reading is very good! I have very much enjoyed this whole book and think that it is very exciting to hear about all of mikes experiences. It would take a great amount of fitness, skill, wisdom, and experience to even attempt to do what mike is doing in this book. It is weird to think that anyone would want to walk around the Arctic Circle by yourself but finishing it would be one of the greatest accomplishments ever. In his many stops at different Inuit villages along his trip Mike meets a bunch of nice exceptionally generous people. To me it is amazing how the need to survive brings people together so much. Up in the far north everyone is more than happy to give up rooms in their homes for mike and his family at times to stay in, give mike free food whenever he needs it and teach him their ways and special techniques he can use to survive. In his whole trip he has only met two people that weren’t more than willing to help him and that was mostly due to laws. In my opinion it is amazing that mike just sets out everyday not knowing whether he will drowned or freeze or get mauled by a bear at any moment.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
In part four of my outside reading book Mike continues on his great journey. He travels through a wolf infested lake and is forced to stay in a hunters cabin so he is not eaten by hungry wolves. as he keeps going mike continues to run into many problems most of which are Minor. One major problem happened one morning when his fuel gauge for his stove read 0. Of coarse it does this regularly but on this day it created quite an issue. The past few days in the arctic the temperatures had risen a lot causing the fuel to expand in the tanks. When he took off the empty bottle the pilot light should have gone off but it didn't. Then because of the expanded fuel when he opened the new tank the fuel exploded like champagne out of a champagne bottle. This ignited on the pilot light causing everything in his tent to light on fire. Since his servile gear was all burnt Mike was forced to take refugee in a small Inuit town. Here he was taught very valuable thing by a Inuit man named Simon. Now mike is back on his trip with new information and new confidence.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
In this part of the book Mike leaves Greenland by boat. During his boating trip he runs into some weather issues. All the ice around him begins to freeze so he is forced to get on an ice breaking boat and accompany it to a small mining town. Right when he gets there he discovers the mine is being shut down and the town demolished because they must leave everything in its natural state. He has a while before everything is completely destroyed so he calls his family and they come and visit him for a while. After the town is destroyed Mike lives with a Inuit family because weather still disallows him to continue on his journey. As he is staying with this family he is taught everything they know that will help him. Finally after enough ice has formed so he can walk mike sets out again to travel around the world at the arctic circle.
Mike was born on July 16, 1966 in Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa. In 1990 he left south Africa to travel Europe where he became a ski instructor. In 1991 he went on a a paragliding and rafting expedition in the Peruvian Andes.
After he came back he requested to become a member of the "Sector No Limits" sports team. In 1995, Mike created the "No Limits" Outdoor Activity Sports Centre in Switzerland. In 1997, Mike started his first big expedition. A solo traverse of the South American continent that took him 6 months. In 1999, Mike launched another Major expedition. He circumnavigated the world along the equator. His biggest adventure was the circumnavigation of the world around the Arctic circle which is what this book is written about.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc
In this next part of the book Mike is air lifted to a hospital where they try a new form of treatment on him to try and get rid of his dead parts of his fingers. This works a little but in the end he is still forced to get small parts of his fingers amputated. When he is done recovering he begins preparing for his next attempt at the Arctic. He gets even better tools because now he has experience and knows exactly what he needs. He has a custom tent made with two layer so the perspiration and other water in the air can leave his tent without freezing inside. He also has a special thing made so it was easier to pee well it was so cold. He also has his skies and sled redone so they are even better! After much preparing and training he is ready again. This time instead of getting dropped off by helicopter though he sails to Greenland then crosses that and sails to the arctic. This part ends with mike beating the record across Greenland with the help of his kites.
2) Loaded Words
Solitude-p 90, this is loaded because he is actual alone. He wont have any human contact for months. The author chose this word because he was entirely alone at that time.
Brothers-p 91, this is loaded because many people think of a brother as different things, for instance some people this of it as a close friend well others only think of it as a blood relative. I think he chose this word cause the people he was talking about felt like brothers.
Limits-p 91 this is a loaded word because different people have different limits. He chose this word because his limits were the thin line between life and death.
generosity-p 92 this is a loaded word because it reminds people of a good thing usually. He chose this because a member of the Inuit community had been especially nice to him.
abandoned-p 93 this is a loaded word because it usually reminds people of something bad or sad. He chose this word because the boat in his story had been abandoned.
Stuck-p 93 this is a loaded word because being stuck in almost any situation is bad. He chose this word because in his case he was at a stand still in his adventure.
wasteland-p 94 this is a loaded word because it basically mean nothingness. He used it because the land in front of him had absolutely nothing but snow and ice.
impossible-p 94 this is a loaded word because no one likes to hear something is impossible. He chose it cause he was frustrated and in issue with his path.
potential-p 95 this is a loaded word because potential creates hope. He chose this because he had hope of different paths opening up.
die-p 96 this is a loaded word because it causes sadness in everyone. He chose this to show the severity if he did anything wrong.
My reaction to this part of the book is that of amazement. I think it is amazing that mike would go back to the arctic after failing the first time, almost loosing his fingers to frostbite, and realizing what he will be up against. I think that mike is an amazing person and that it would take tremendous strangth to be able to do what he is doing.