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

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 16 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. 

©2019 Erling Kagge (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Erling Kagge transforms and consoles us." (Alain de Botton)

"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." (New York Times)

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wise advice

With my daughter in training with the Polar Academy, a Scottish charity founded by Arctic Explorer Craig Mathieson, I have witnessed an incredible difference in the children who are training to go on an arctic expedition and met some wonderful people. It has made me curious as to what makes these people so much happier than average and why exploration has such a profound impact on people's general outlook and self confidence. I'm sure that if any one of the Polar Academy guides wrote a book it would contain an almost identical attitude and wisdom. In an age where children are living lives that have been stripped of challenge and exposure to the real wilderness that the world has to offer - the sort of environment that we have evolved to thrive in - is it not surprising that mental illness and anxiety are becoming commonplace conditions? This is a fantastic book but don't let reading it be the end of it, get your boots on and go and find the adventure that is waiting for you - you will be a better person for it.