Have you ever had one of those out of character experiences that leaves you forever changed?

Perhaps, you suddenly went on the spontaneous trip you never thought you’d take. Or, you had the courage to walk up to an interesting stranger to say hello. Maybe, on a whim, you decided it was time to shoot for that new job. Whatever the circumstance, most of us can relate to at least one moment in our lives where we took ourselves by surprise with a little risk.

So, what if one day, without any prior interest or experience you saw an open call to go on an expedition to the North Pole? What would you do?

Image: Blue Arctic Ice, showing what it looks like in the North Pole.

Source: Pixabay

In January of 1996, an advert went out across England in The Telegraph, for the first all-women North Pole expedition. It didn’t call for experts in the field, nor prior experience, it read:

“Applications are invited from women of any age, background and occupation, but they will have to prove fitness and commitment. They will have to put up with real pain and discomfort. They will wonder every ten steps what they are doing but they have the opportunity in an epic endeavor.” 1

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we are taking you on a journey to the North Pole to hear the remarkable stories of the harrowing journey that grew from this call.

From a mother-daughter duo to a recent mother of triplets, women from all walks of life applied to be a part of this expedition.

Today, we share with you an episode of the ESPN podcast, 30 for 30 Podcasts. Covering unexplored corners of the sports world, every episode is a new and wonderful journey. Listening over the past year, I have come to look forward to every episode, even on the topics I would normally think I have no interest in! It’s definitely worth adding to your Podcast rotation.

Alright, back to the expedition. I first heard this episode, On the Ice, a few months back, and since then, I haven’t been able to stop recommending it to anybody who will listen. This is a Podcast gem that will leave you feeling ready to conquer just about anything. So, grab a cozy beverage, and settle in!

Via: ESPN 2

Would you have answered the call?

When we talk about testing our limits, it’s rare we find ourselves in situations that actually do put us on our growing edges. Sure, we take a little risk here and there, but really stretching ourselves is, to say the very least, difficult. Maybe we don’t all have to go on journies to the North Pole to see what we’re made of, but it is worth reflecting from time to time those pivotal moments in life that help us define the strength of our character.

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  1. Daley, Jason. “The Amazing Story of the First All-Women North Pole Expedition.”Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 11 July 2017. Web. 15 Dec. 2017. <https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/podcast-recounts-amazing-story-first-all-women-north-pole-expedition-180963996/>.
  2. “On The Ice | 30 For 30 Podcasts | ESPN Stories.” YouTube. ESPN, 11 July 2017. Web. 15 Dec. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tutD8hZjfw>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV