Review: Antarctic Tears By Polar Explorer Aaron Linsdau

Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world

Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world by [Linsdau, Aaron]

Emotions run high in this true polar adventure. It’s a story of triumph, harrowing danger, and outright adventure. In 2012, Aaron Linsdau left his entire life behind.

Gone was the engineering career. He told his family and girlfriend that he wanted to pursue a dream to do something no other American had ever accomplished. He wanted to be the first to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without aid or support. Alone.

The journey to the South Pole covers over 700 miles through the most forbidding frozen terrain on the planet. The temperature is always below zero and gale force winds routinely roar across the ice. The polar plateau is devoid of life. There are no plants, animals, or insects. Antarctica provides no shelter, no protection, and is unforgiving of any mistake.

But before the expedition was to start, there was much to do. Linsdau trekked 100 miles across the Greenland tundra. He skied across Yellowstone in the winter, camping in -45 degree temperatures. Towing tires up mountains and eating 4000 calories a day was preparation for Antarctica.

Previous expeditions have lost tents, helplessly watching them blow over the horizon. Many explorers have quit or been rescued. What began as a brave adventure into the unknown turned into a battle for survival.

Linsdau takes the reader to Antarctica. They experience incredible storms, skiing blind through whiteouts, crossing invisible crevasses, and skirting disaster. The book shows what happened every day of the expedition.

The air is cold enough to freeze water in seconds and cause frostbite in minutes. Only outer space is less hospitable. Driven by passion, he sacrifices nearly everything to make his dream come true. This is a story about personal discovery, testing the limits of human endurance, total dedication to achieving a goal, and never giving up even when both body and equipment fail.

There were many surprises during Aaron Linsdau’s expedition to the South Pole… 

Antarctic Tears is also available as an audiobook in a 9CD box set or as MP3 files on a USB thumb drive. 

My Review

Antarctic Tears is the memorable account of Aaron Linsdau’s solo trek to the South Pole and in it, the reader learns exactly what it takes to survive in one of the planet’s most inhospitable environments.  From dragging a tyre around the streets for months to build up his strength, to lugging large quantities of butter, the book is full of “I did not know that” moments which educate and entertain.

Linsdau’s modest relating of his achievements has the reader rooting for him all the way. There are some hair-raising moments, not least when Aaron starts to cough up blood and the description of the sheer whiteness of the Antartic is both amazing and frightening.

Most days Linsdau’s progress is incredibly slow, just one or two miles a day as he fights against humidity, blizzards and hurricane force winds.  Despite this, he never gives in and battles on with a determination we could all do with our progress towards our goals.

The book also contains a fascinating summary of previous polar attempts which I found fascinating. Why did Scott’s attempt fail whilst Shackleton’s succeeded?  I’m now a convert to tales from great explorers.

Highly recommended.

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“Your book changed my life. Thank you.” – Gerry Spence, American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame

“I can’t believe you did this. What a great read.” – The Navy SEALS in the audience were seriously impressed.” – Jason M., Navy Special Forces

“I finished your book and it was a great read. I still cannot fathom someone subjecting himself to that kind of environment. -Pulling all of your own supplies, and doing it solo for several months is incredible. I’ve read a lot of human endurance books, but your trip ranks right up there in difficulty.”   – Ed Lavino, Jackson, WY, author of Prevailing Westerlies

Lost at Windy Corner: Lessons From Denali On Goals and Risks

Lost at Windy Corner: Lessons From Denali On Goals and Risks by [Linsdau, Aaron]
Lost near lethal crevasses and cliffs in a blinding whiteout blizzard is the last place anyone would want to be…

Windy Corner on Denali has claimed lives, fingers, and toes. What would make someone brave lethal weather, crevasses, and slick ice to attempt to summit North America’s highest mountain? Denali has claimed over one hundred lives. It seems like the place for risky adrenaline seekers.

In “Lost at Windy Corner”, the author shares the lessons Denali teaches on managing goals and risks. Everyone takes chances at some time in their lives, even if it’s driving down the highway. Becoming a risk manager rather than a risk taker is what will keep you alive during difficult times.

Experience the cold, solitude, and uncertainty of life on high mountains. Apply the message, build resilience, and overcome adversities in your life.

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Amazing read. Simply stunning detail of reaching for an almost unattainable goal and achieving success against the odds – Amazon Reviewer

Looking down from 9,000 ft on the Kahiltna glacier on Denali.

About the author

International speaker Aaron Linsdau is the second American to have skied solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, setting the world record for surviving the longest solo expedition to the pole. He is an Eagle Scout, is a National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout, holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computational science. Aaron wrote Antarctic Tears and the Total Eclipse Guide series. This set of books focuses on the August 21, 2017 total eclipse across America. Each book is specific to a state or location.

Aaron is an international motivational speaker, polar explorer, the author of Antarctic Tears and an award-winning photographer. Book Aaron for your next speaking engagement or keynote address HERE.  He speaks about grit, courage, attitude, perseverance, and resilience.

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  1. 11 June, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    I bet this is really interesting, and full of real life emotion, it’s not my usual reading genre but you have tempted me with it!

    • linda
      12 June, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      He makes it seem like anything is possible if you’ve got the guts. I even pictured myself doing it – and I hate camping in flat UK fields!

  2. 11 June, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    This sounds like such a great read, I need to get some new books so I’ll add it to my list!

  3. 10 June, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Now that is a challenge, I bet that was a memorable experience for him. I would love to do something like this

  4. 9 June, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I bet this is an amazing read – there is something about a real life, follow my adventure that sometimes offers different – an extra layer perhaps.

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