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Conquering the Impossible: My 12,000-Mile Journey Around the Arctic Circle

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  219 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle - alone, against all prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation.

Conquering the Impossible is the gripping account of Horn's grueling 27-month expedition by sail and foot through extreme Arctic conditions that
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Kenneth
May 11, 2012 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this account of Horn's journey around the Arctic Circle - even though it was really stressful to read.

I had already heard parts of this story because a few friends of mine had met the adventurer. So if it weren't for their stories and excitement I wouldn't have known about Horn or picked up his book.

The story in a nutshell is basically how Horn leaves Norway going West and tries to get around the Arctic. It's a grueling tale of endurance- physical and psychological. I mean, it's
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Христо Блажев
20 000 км по Северния полярен кръг – “Покорителят на невъзможното” Майк Хорн
http://www.knigolandia.info/2011/11/2...


Майк Хорн е сякаш реликва от друга епоха – на открития, на експедиции, на безброй опасности и приключения, завършващи нерядко трагично. Времена, когато трескаво са се откривали нови и нови земи, търсели са се нови пътища и е, да, и богатства, което липсва при Хорн. Този мъж с феноменална психическа и физическа издържливост поставя пред себе си фантастични задачи, които методично и
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Bookmaniac70
Jul 14, 2012 Bookmaniac70 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Майк Хорн е пътешественик от ЮАР. Той си поставя необичайни, граничещи с невъзможното предизвикателства, като обиколката на света по Екватора без моторни превозни средства или самостоятелното немоторизирано прекосяване на Южна Америка. "Арктос" е третата му мащабна експедиция, в която той преминава сам северния полярен кръг при температури, достигащи - 60 С.

Книгата ми беше много интересна с наситеното и драматично ежедневие на пътешественика в такива екстремални условия. Научих нови неща за пове
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ZSR Library
As the title suggests, this story documents the trek above the arctic circle that Mike Horn took 27 months to complete in 2002-2004. In reading this story I appreciated the really strong will to survive that exists in some people. Many times I thought, "yep, I think I'd just give up right there." Every day was a struggle. And also, one gets a little bit of perspective when one thinks "it's cold outside" on a 27 degree day, when he routinely dealt with temperatures hovering around 40 below! But h ...more
Rachid
Jan 13, 2016 Rachid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre montre la puissance de survie de l homme.
" l'impossible sera toujours impossible jusqu'au quelqu'un prouve qu'il est possible "
Boyan Dochev
Oct 04, 2015 Boyan Dochev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Както и предния път - безкомпромисен и безкрайно описателен.
Andre Steyn
Jan 02, 2015 Andre Steyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awesome book to read.
Swit Rocs
May 20, 2016 Swit Rocs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!!! <3
Zornitsa
Jul 30, 2015 Zornitsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring book
David
Aug 31, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu ce livre dans le prolongement de celui racontant les expéditions de Scott et d'Admundsen pour la conquête du Pôle Sud. Il est clair que la différence de préparation est flagrante entre les deux époques, le périple de Horn avec son téléphone satellite, sa logistique assurée semble vraiment trop bien préparé pour convaincre. Et pourtant, la partie finale pour traverser toute la Russie a du être une sacré épopée malgré tout.
Alma Horn
Sep 16, 2007 Alma Horn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping book, written true Mike Horn style. You will be mesmerized by Mike's humor despite his seeming-to-be-impossibe adventurers in the most outthere ice deserts. He writes about his encounters with amazing people (few though) and his driven will to survive in this stretched out adventure through ice and bureaucracy. The DVD is also available from his website and is great entertainment.
Evelin Xristova
Jul 28, 2015 Evelin Xristova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Аmazing book... I love Mike and his adventures. He changed my life!
Cecile
Jun 12, 2016 Cecile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book! I highly recommend it. I love the writing style, the sense of humor, the descriptions. It's like you were there yourself. You feel the pain, the agony, the joy, the emotions shared by the author, which lead you each step of the way through this incredible arctic journey.
Ramya
Mar 04, 2013 Ramya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true testament to the human will. The title is apt. What he describes about his journey, in every sense of the word is Impossible. But pushing himself at every step of the way, in an environment that challenges every part of your being is truly commendable. I recommend it for all.
Martin Gallois
Oct 03, 2015 Martin Gallois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing adventure, I am a huge fan of Mike Horn and this is a great tale of exploration !
The best modern explorer according to me.
ADVISE : Read it before watching the movie because it tells a lot more !
ASP
Jul 11, 2011 ASP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Aventures palpitantes, même si l'écriture laisse à désirer (c'est très souvent le cas des récits de voyage), en quelque sorte une leçon de vie.
Yann
Un de ses plus long et plus dur périple mais aussi peut être LE plus beau !?
Eric T
Sep 25, 2011 Eric T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just got the book for Xmas. Looking forward to reading it.
Pam Bullard
Feb 01, 2013 Pam Bullard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The trip was written very well. Loved the book!
Joshua
Oct 20, 2008 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty crazy but a little repetitive
Boryana
Jun 20, 2013 Boryana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing book
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Aventurier de l'extrême, Mike Horn naît en Afrique du Sud, où ses parents étaient enseignants. Le sport est l'activité principale de son enfance : rugby, cricket, athlétisme, tennis et vélo sont, entre autres, les disciplines dans lesquelles il excelle. Diplômé de Science du mouvement humain à l'université de Stellenbosch, il travaille ensuite dans l'entreprise de fruits et légumes de son oncle, à ...more
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