When I was about 12 years old I found a book on my parents book shelf. The name of the book was Endurance by Alfred Lansing. What drew me to the pages of an adult book as a poor reader was the photographs. I was so fascinated by the images that I no longer was intimidated by the words and thickness of the book. I wanted to know about this adventure at the bottom of the world. This began my curiosity with Antarctica and the dream of one day crossing it.
My motivation often comes from the students and people that follow the adventure. On my last expedition to Antarctica, thoughts of kids all over the nation following us inspired me on tough days to stay at it. I know this will be a strong force on this upcoming crossing. I am also living my dream and doing what I feel I was meant to do. It is totally energizing to step out each day living a dream.