The Oddest Place on Earth, North Pole by Christopher
When Christopher Pala first landed at the North Pole, he fell so much in
love with it that he took his girlfriend to ride the polar treadmill
on what he mischievously called the First Expedition to Nowhere. For a
week, the couple skied every day to the pole, pitched their tent and drifted
away from it as they slept.
Between his five trips to the pole, Pala used his journalistic skills
to peel away the layers of myth surrounding its discovery and capture
the untold story of the first men who indisputably stood there.
Pala is the first to chronicle the transformation of one of
the most remote places on earth into a new Mecca for adventure travelers.
Flying in every April on Russian jets, he joined risk-lovers
to parachute over it, balloon across it, attain it on skis and scuba-dive
But as he discovers, man's presence at the pole is still ephemeral
and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the escape from ordinary
constraints of time and space provided by this breathtakingly gorgeous
place that is not a place. Excerpts of the book have appeared
in Condé Nast Traveler, Blue Adventure, Polar Record and other publications.
About the Author
Christopher Pala is a free-lance journalist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
His work with United Press International and Agence France-Presse
took him to the Caribbean, West Africa, Russia and Central Asia, but no
place captured his heart and mind more than the North Pole.