I’m seasick, but it’s bracing to talk to someone on the cusp of breaking his mortal limitations. His hunger for adventure is an insatiable quest for meaning.
“It’s all in your head isn’t it? Why do you choose to stop? When I was walking across Antarctica, I didn’t turn back because I couldn’t! And I think sometimes we all need that: place ourselves in a position where going back isn’t an option.”
When you plan for something like Pole2Pole, you accept a sharp discount on your options, as Horn did. In 2016, he embarked from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, reaching Asia. He will, again, cross the Arctic on his way to North America, and back to Europe. The 270,000 km, Pole2Pole expedition has included a four-month, trek across the Antarctic on skis, no motors, pulling a 200 kg sled aided by a kite, when the wind was in his favour. It crashed. Let’s just say he’s done the South Pole, but not before the non-option of turning back presented itself, several times.