Pain and enthusiasm

Yesterday at the Banff film festival I saw “Crossing the Ice” an excellent documentary about two Australians who attempt the first unsupported walk to the South Pole and back.

They have no previous arctic experience and though they prepare thoroughly, they still end up battling cold, hunger, physical problems, storms and much, much more.

But through it all, they had one secret weapon, which one expert described as “ludicrous levels of enthusiasm.”

Yes, they’re in pain. Yes, they’re behind schedule almost from the start. But they maintain that enthusiasm much of the time under unbearable conditions.

I’m not going to give away the ending – just find a way to see it somehow.

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