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
Allen recently finished reading your book, and many evenings were spent with him reading aloud to me ...what an unbelievable journey and accomplishment! I just finished ordering 5 of your books to give as Christmas gifts to family members. One copy of your book in particular will be going to our 20 year old grandson who has been floundering for quite some time. I think that reading your book may help him to better understand and recognize that although there are struggles in life that you must never ever give up. Thank you for sharing your dream and achievements with the world. — Barbara Ripingill, Turners Falls, MA
Being an adventurer and historian as well as an avid reader, like many of you I have always been fascinated by the world's most dangerous place - mysterious Antarctica. But here we have the personal vivid account of a man's survival against improbable odds. I have read many Antarctic accounts - Amundsen's, Scott's, and of course Shackleton's which are masterful, but this book is different; it is more personal, full of personal emotions, physical and mental triumphs. It will put you there, quite alone, in the vast deadly trackless and seemingly endless high plateau (9,000 + feet) that is the geological south end of our earth. This is a vivid, true account that I could not lay down. -Emmett Harder, San Bernardino, CA Aaron, thanks for sharing your great adventure to the So. Pole, which I just finished reading. You share the powerful reality of that forbidding domain in a way that is unforgettable. I like the "inside story" of your thinking and how you came to undertake the adventure; made me feel I was there with you! — Jerry Mossbarger, Hemet, CA
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.
Linsdau speaks about this extraordinary experience to audiences world-wide.