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Skiing into the Bright Open: My Solo Journey to the South Pole

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The first woman to ski solo to the South Pole tells the story of what it took to get there

At home in Norway it is eight o’clock on Christmas Eve night, but ahead, at the Amundsen–Scott base that has been visible for hours, it is already early in the morning of Christmas Day when Liv Arnesen, after skiing solo for 745 miles in fifty days, finally arrives. She had been drea
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 15th 2021 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Leah
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
As the first woman to ski unsupported to the South Pole--and solo, no less--Liv Arnesen has an incredible story to share. In full-blown spite of all of the gendered expectations for what her adult life and priorities should look like, ideas that men can indulge in this type of "glorified tourism" but women should be more "sensible," and many, many instances of sponsors, emergency services, and just random men doubting she could complete anything close to her stated goal, Arneson eschews all of t ...more
Mary
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
One lone woman on two skis pulling one 250 pound sled trekked 745 miles, for 50 days, with no support to reach the South Pole. Liv encountered bitter winds, subzero temperatures (REALLY sub-zero) and deadly crevasse crossings and miles and miles of sastrugi....complex, fragile shapes of snow on top of sea ice that resemble sand dunes. Liv is the epitome of "stærke norske kvinder" (strong Norwegian woman) and I respect her for knowing she could do this and making it happen.
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Mags
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Liv Arnesen was the first woman to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole. This is her book.

Frankly, she makes it sound a bit easy! I'm not sure if it's just her style or our cultural differences but there doesn't seem to be much emotion in her book. Not that I expect her to be emotional because she's a woman, but that it's quite an emotional experience.

I think part of this comes from her being a very private person - she mentions it in the book - there's almost an uncomfortableness to the b
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Beth
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book! I tried! I did find it educational and that part is a great thing!

However, there were a couple obstacles standing in my way. First of all, I feel like the author keeps the reader at arms length. She does not go into much of her personal feelings or emotions, but this was the part that was most intriguing to me about the whole concept of the book.

Additionally, I do feel like the translation gave it even more of a “wall” so to speak. Something was lost in translation.
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Karen J.
Oct 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At first I was concerned that it would read more like a list of her experiences, but the author provides good insights into how she became interested in skiing to the South Pole, the work it took to prepare for her endeavor, obstacles, especially because she's a woman, and the experience itself of a solo, on skis journey to the South Pole. I found myself inspired enough to examine my own life and whether I am living as fully as the author. If you want a lift, read ...more
Jane Reeder
Mar 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
An adventurous story of a woman, her courage, sense of adventure and the thrill of skiing into Antarctic, all from the comfort of a cozy chair! Exciting memoir!
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