Aaron Linsdau had a dream. He wanted to become the first American to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. It would be a brutal journey of over 1,400 miles, in temperatures always below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and with hurricane force winds.

Antarctic TearsAnd he wanted to do this alone.

Throughout the history of mankind, very few have ever attempted the trek from Antarctica’s edge to the South Pole because, as one climber put it, “It is ten times more difficult than Everest.”

Thousands of humans have stood on Everest and twelve Americans have stood on the moon. Yet, only one other American had ever skied to the South Pole alone. And he nearly died in the attempt.

This is not just another book about “One more damn step” but rather an exploration of the heart, mind and spirit of an adventurer. Find out what would make an engineer leave his well-paid job, and possibly his entire career, for something seemingly so reckless and risky.

Read how he used 15 year’s worth of software engineering skills and applied them to not only surviving in the Antarctic but pursuing his dream and applying them to his life.

Quote from the book:

In 2012, an electrical engineer from warm, sunny San Diego, committed everything he had to ski over 1,400 miles to the South Pole and back. Alone. This meant leaving his job, home, and all else behind. Although he had trekked in extremely cold conditions, little could prepare him for what he was to experience at the bottom of the Earth.

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What an amazing adventure. It’s hard to imagine spending eighty two days of living in hell like you did. I just finished reading you book, congratulations on a job well done.

It’s too bad you happen to pick a summer with record foul weather. I am sure if you had good weather you would have been able to make the round trip in your allotted time. I can see you have learned a great deal from this trip and would change a few things if you did it again. – Allen Ripingill, Turners Falls, MA


Expedition information

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