Coldest Day Yet – Day 10 of SPEC

Truly knackered after a long day of wind. Coldest day 100%. Serious climb over glacier buckle, provided some solid hold ups with the sleds.  Powder and snow mix made for hard skiing. Everyone is well fed and ready for an early night.

Disconnect to reconnect has always seemed such a clichéd statement. However recently it seems, without access to either fresh information or sensory contrast outside of our white bubble- we are slowly feeling more at home out here. Disconnecting more day by day from the fact paced ‘real world’.

The news, geopolitics, and social media are growing increasingly distant. With that distance, comes a peace. The internet holds such weight over my Day to day life. Emails, phone calls, and the occasional Cat video compile to a fairly large mental weight.

The potential conflict with North Korea, issues of racism, global refugees- so many of these large scale problems have lost their reference.

The longer I spend out here it is teaching me not to get caught up with the bigger picture. Focus on what you can control. Put your energy towards optimistic solutions. While ignorance is not an option, our hyper connected world of information and instant access can draw us, subtly, away from the important things right in front us.

Use technology, do not be used by it.



  • Eric
    Posted at 02:01h, 02 December Reply

    Hi Rob and Barney and co. Great to get these updates and to see the pics of you hard it it. Calories, solar, cooking, blogging, communicating – an energy challenge in so many ways. Keep up the fantastic work, hope to see you at the pole for big celebrations. In admiration. Eric

  • Lew Targett
    Posted at 06:35h, 02 December Reply

    I was just sorting out my travel documents today and out popped a Business Card from Robert Swan, curious so I looked up website and now I’m following you. Fantastic undertaking and I wish you safe travels.
    I am a keen cyclist and spend a lot of time in Europe so we must have met on a trip years ago. No idea when 🙂

  • Christine Davies
    Posted at 08:51h, 02 December Reply

    Following you online, fascinated how your grradual withdrawal in to a new way and a different way is bringing you inner peace. This should have a beneficial effect on your physical body too. So interesting. Lifting you up in my thoughts each day.

  • Chris Powell
    Posted at 11:59h, 02 December Reply

    Barney – at the 89th parallel is begins to be all down hill right? That is what Rob told me… I’ve been training down hills.

    Seriously – great updates. Keep it up!

  • Ed
    Posted at 21:40h, 02 December Reply

    Believing in your message to the world is one thing. Going to the ends of the earth to proove it, only possible to a few brave ones. Awesome endeavour. Is it ´The Worlds worst Journey’. ? Or in fact, by reading your blogs. It seems to me, to be the worlds best journey.
    Lead by example team Swan and co.
    Loving to follow you…..

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