the website of the Tractor Girl
As she is preparing the final part of her trip that so far has taken
her to South Africa and the Cape, she shares on her website what it
takes to prepare a trip to the South Pole. Here are the 3 most surprising parts I came across:
In the Arctic, wearing contact lenses is impossible, and special
corrected sunglasses are very expensive. As a solution, Manon had her
eyes corrected in South Africa – to be able to actually see on the South
Pole. Unfortunately, due to a very rare complication, she barely could
support light for a while and turned into a modern-age Dracula. It takes
some to make it all the way down to the end of the world…
2. Don’t sweat
If you sweat, you die. The problem with sweating in the Arctic is that
it will make you freeze to death. As a dancer, Manon’s body learnt to
sweat to build up stamina, and in the tropics during her travels to cool
down. During her preparation in North Canada, she ended up skiing in
the ice cold weather with a tight leather jacket right on her skin, to
prevent the sweat and moisture from getting into her clothes.
3. Training with tractor tires
In the YouTube clip here, you can see shots in which Manon is pulling
tractor tires on the beach in South Africa… Pulling tractor tires over a
sandy surface seems to be the ideal way to prepare for pulling stuff
over the snow. The tractor turned out to be the right means of
transportation all along for this trip!
This post originally appeared on the TEDx Delft website, and is now reblogged as some Sunday inspiration for you!