So I called her up and said, what are you doing and would you be interested? She was very intrigued and she goes, I think we should do this project.
I don't view this as an extreme kind of activity, but it's very hard to convince people that this isn't reckless.
I think that was the hardest decision I've ever made in my life. It was also the right decision, but having it be right did not make it easy.
You know, if I look at this activity as my whole career, this is my peak moment. I've been building for this my whole career.
You have to stay up on it all the time, but it's really fun exploring what we need to get ready. We're constantly learning.
And then there's also this element of - some people would describe it as spirits or a presence that appears when things are very difficult, physically and emotionally. You know, when you're really putting out. So the third man aura is sort of an appearance. It's the yeti.
I get stubborn and dig in when people tell me I can't do something and I think I can. It goes back to my childhood when I had problems in school because I have a learning disability.
A life lesson for me is, how do you muster the courage to take on a new risk? Whether it's starting up a business or taking on a new project or expedition. I think the risks that we take are all relative to the risk-taker.
For me, exploration is about that journey to the interior, into your own heart. I'm always wondering, how will I act at my moment of truth? Will I rise up and do what's right, even if every fiber of my being is telling me otherwise?
I do not think about being beautiful. What I devote most of my time to is being healthy.
This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return.
Skydiving is something I've never done! And I am very excited to take the leap with a community of like-minded courageous women.
I had no doubts I could go to the pole. I may not be as strong, but I make up for physical strength in other areas, like steadiness and not panicking under stress.