North

I’ve nothing nothing poetic or particularly artful to say today. Just wanted to acknowledge my client Ben Saunders. I first started working with Ben two years ago when he’d come back from a failed attempt to set a new speed record for a solo, unsupported trek to the North Pole. Two days ago, he landed at the edge of the Arctic Ocean and he’s trying again. His attempt–to make it to the Pole in 30 days or less–would shatter the previous record of 36 days 22 hours which I believe was set more than 100 years ago by a team traveling by dogsled. So far, he’s traveled 14 nautical miles with just over 460 miles to go. And with the changes in the global climate, and the implicit changes to the constancy of the sea ice, this may be the last time someone could do this.

Alone, on the ice, for 30 days. Sheesh. I thought of Ben, again, as I dragged myself to the gym this morning at 5:30. He’ll be blogging via satellite phone and you can follow him @polarben. Thanks Ben, for changing my life.

  • http://brooksjordan.name brooksjordan

    Very cool, human beings are amazing. I'm rooting for him. Tumbl'd this post.

  • http://www.5o9inc.com/ Peter Cranstone

    Talk about lonely. At the top of the world and all alone. Puts it all into perspective.

    • jerrycolonna

      Exactly right. He's got a video on his site from the last time he was at top of the world. Quite moving.

  • http://terezan.tumblr.com/ Tereza

    So coaching is a two-way rel'p, huh?

    He sounds amazing.

    Someone, please tell Ben when he gets there not to forget to check in on FourSquare. :-)

    • jerrycolonna

      It's very much a two-way thing.

  • panterosa

    I checked out the link on the day the fuel spilled on his food and a horrible feeling crept over me. The picture of his raw skin made me think of some designs I started recently for clothing out of mylar emergency blankets when I was invited to go to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. I see there might be a good market for them with the seriously icebound crowd, even though I was just in it for the fun of it. But then I think good design often comes from these whimsical ideas.

    • jerrycolonna

      That's right. Ben is off the ice now. I spoke with him and he's in Ottawa making his way back to London tomorrow.
      Tough.

      • panterosa

        I hope he finds better designed fuel tanks for his next run. Or better designed food containers. He himself did not fail, design failed him and his goal. But then I feel that our design education system does not keep up with our real needs.

      • http://terezan.tumblr.com/ Tereza

        Bummer.