Book Review: Lost At Windy Corner By Polar Explorer Aaron Linsdau

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.

My Review

I am probably the least likely person to become an explorer or to brave extreme climatic conditions so I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy Aaron Linsdau’s fascinating account of man against mountain.  I actually found it difficult to put “Lost at Windy Corner” down.

For a start, I had no idea what was involved in climbing a mountain, particularly one upon which you could be either baked or frozen during 24 hours and on which one wrong foot could see you plunge into the abyss.

Linsdau shares all the details of his solo attempt to scale Denali from a physical, emotional and psychological standpoint and at the end of each chapter leaves the reader with a lesson on managing risk, and most importantly, maintaining a positive attitude.

During his ascent, he meets a number of fascinating characters, some of whom are unforgettable, for example, the Romanian father with his 12-year-old daughter or Felix who has comrades further up the mountain he hasn’t seen for days.

The non-adventurous among us may spend most of the book wondering what drives an explorer like Linsdau to take such risks but there is no room for adrenalin junkies on Denali.  Linsdau seems to be the master of the inspired, but calculated risk.

I really enjoyed this one and tomorrow you can read my review of Linsdau’s adventure in one of the bleakest places on earth, Antarctica.

Available to buy from……   Barnes and Noble    

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.

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. 

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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

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.

Find the author on the following sites…

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Turning Goals Into Reality with motivational speaker Aaron Linsdau!

I was give a free copy of both books by publishers Beck Valley Books.


  1. 7 June, 2018 / 9:28 am

    This sounds like a really interesting book, not one I;d have naturally picked up as I’m not a dare devil or risk taker but it sounds as if there is something in there for everyone. Mich x

  2. MissPond
    7 June, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Sounds like my kind of read. I’m a keen mountaineer and there’s some great books out there. If you liked it. I’d recommend the white spider which is about the eiger!

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