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  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241986783
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.00

Philosophy for Polar Explorers

An Adventurer's Guide to Surviving Winter




The secrets to a good life drawn from the extreme experiences of a seasoned explorer

Surviving extreme conditions can teach us to lead a fulfilled life. No one knows this better than Erling Kagge, who 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.

In sixteen meditative but practical lessons - from cultivating an optimistic outlook, to getting up at the right time, to learning to take pleasure in the small things 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.

  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241986783
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.00

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Praise for Philosophy for Polar Explorers

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

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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

Tristan Gooley

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!

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His wisdom will soothe and awaken

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