The First Crossing of Greenland

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The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by Inspiredcapers » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:43 pm

Nansen is a pretty inspiring guy. Been enjoying reading about the trek he and his companions ventured upon...

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Pretty serious length on those skis...

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...and the poles aren’t lacking as well. Guess they’d be a multi-purpose asset (probing, self rescue, propulsion...).

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Re: The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by Cannatonic » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:19 pm

amazing how small people were before WWII and all the hormones & pesticides & plasticizers entered the food supply

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Re: The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by connyro » Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:09 pm

Cannatonic wrote:amazing how small people were before WWII and all the hormones & pesticides & plasticizers entered the food supply
People are fat nowadays because of low activity levels/high calorie intake/high intake of processed foods if that's what you mean: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12 ... le-get-fat
People are getting taller due to a couple different reasons, but plastic, pesticides, and hormones are generally not accepted causes:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... ng-taller/
http://content.time.com/time/health/art ... 36,00.html

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Re: The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by wooley12 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:47 pm

Cool pictures. Off into the unknown during the age of discovery. A few years ago a husband and wife trained for a successful unassisted unsupported ski trek to the South Pole by pulling truck tires up the old railroad bed behind my house. But I'd agree overall fitness had to be better when foods were healthier and automatic garage doors hadn't been invented. As a hobby I study the WWII history of 3 Allied units that were Ski and mountaineering trained in Colorado and I'm amazed at the feats of endurance they could pull off after all of the intense physical training they did. FWIW The 10th just got all the press. :D
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Re: The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by paulzo » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:21 pm

Inspired - when you finish that one you should pick up "Farthest North" whihc is the story of Nansen's expition in the Fram, getting intentionally frozen into the Artic pack ice and drfiting for a couple years in hopes of reaching the Pole. And then hopping off the ship for a sled dash towards the pole when they started drifting further away from the pole rather than closer - with no intention of getting back to the ship, instead on their return from not quite reaching the pole, they sledged and kayaked to Franz Josef land where they wintered over. Makes crossing Greenland look like a nice summer stroll.

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Post by Inspiredcapers » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:11 am

paulzo wrote:Inspired - when you finish that one you should pick up "Farthest North" whihc is the story of Nansen's expition in the Fram, getting intentionally frozen into the Artic pack ice and drfiting for a couple years in hopes of reaching the Pole. And then hopping off the ship for a sled dash towards the pole when they started drifting further away from the pole rather than closer - with no intention of getting back to the ship, instead on their return from not quite reaching the pole, they sledged and kayaked to Franz Josef land where they wintered over. Makes crossing Greenland look like a nice summer stroll.

Thanks, it’s on the reading list.


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Re: The First Crossing of Greenland

Post by Baaahb » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:53 pm

Ditto on Farthest North. Awesome read; awesome adventure.

And then there's Shackleton and the Endurance epic...even more incredible. And well-photographed.

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Post by lowangle al » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:05 pm

Hi Baaahb, nice to see you over here.

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