Philosophy for Polar Explorers
Erling Kagge

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Narrated By: Atli Gunnarsson

Duration: 2 hours and 37 minutes

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The secret to a good life, seen from the ice, is to keep your joys simple.

'Erling Kagge transforms and consoles us' Alain de Botton
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Erling Kagge was the first man in history to reach all of the Earth's poles by foot - the North, the South, and the summit of Everest. In Philosophy for Polar Explorers he brings together the wisdom and expertise he has gained from the expeditions that have taken him to the limits of the earth, and of human endurance.

This is the essential guide to the art of exploration. In sixteen meditative but practical lessons - from cultivating an optimistic outlook, to getting up at the right time, to learning to find focus and comfort in solitude - Erling Kagge reveals what survival in the most extreme conditions can teach us about how to lead a meaningful life. Wherever we may be headed.
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'As an explorer Erling Kagge is world class; as a writer he is equally gifted' Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'Erling Kagge is a philosophical adventurer - or perhaps an adventurous philosopher'
The New York Times

'An author for our noisy times, full of a rare and deeply redemptive languor and perspective' Alain de Botton

Genre

Self-help, personal development & practical advice, Memoirs, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Popular philosophy, Climbing & mountaineering, Walking, hiking, trekking, Autobiography: adventurers & explorers, Nature therapy, Travel writing, Philosophy of mind, Mind, body, spirit: thought & practice

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An author for our noisy times, full of a rare and deeply redemptive languor and perspective

Alain de Botton

His wisdom will soothe and awaken

Fearne Cotton

A wonderfully deft Swiss army knife of a book. One really feels the hard won wisdom at the book's heart, the graft and nouse of life lived in arctic extremis. Kagge's preternatural energy, warmth and sagacity shine - a cool-headed polar philosopher to treasure!

Dan Richards

A delightful book that explores the strange land between getting out of bed in the morning and reaching for the moon

Tristan Gooley

As an explorer Erling Kagge is world class; as a writer he is equally gifted

Silence braces a space within which we can hear ourselves think. Quietly, wisely, it makes a case for dumbing the din of modern life, and learning to listen again. Drawing on the experiences of Kagge's extraordinary life in wild places, this is a book of great concentration

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