Erling Kagge

The Philosophy of an Explorer
  • The Philosophy of an Explorer

  • 'Erling Kagge transforms and consoles us' Alain de Botton
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    Surviving extreme conditions can teach us to lead a fulfilled life. No one knows this better than Erling Kagge, who 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.

    In sixteen meditative but practical lessons - from cultivating an optimistic outlook, to getting up at the right time, to learning to take pleasure in the small things 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.
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    'His wisdom will soothe and awaken' Fearne Cotton

    'A delightful book that explores the strange land between getting out of bed in the morning and reaching for the moon Tristan Gooley

    'A wonderfully deft Swiss army knife of a book' Dan Richards

    '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' The New York Times

    'An author for our noisy times, full of a rare and deeply redemptive languor and perspective' Alain de Botton

Erling Kagge is a Norwegian explorer who was the first in history to reach the 'three poles' - North, South and the summit of Everest. He now lives in Oslo where he runs a publishing house. He is the author of multiple books, including Silence, which is published in 38 languages, and Walking.

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