It was an absolute honour for me to be able to speak to Erling Kagge. He was without doubt the highest profile guest I’ve had on the podcast and you can probably detect a little nervousness in my voice at the start.
Erling has an extraordinary CV and from it you can understand why I was a little nervous. From being the first man to reach the 3 poles (North, South and Everest) on foot. He traversed over 1300 kilometers to 90’ South in isolation taking over 50 days.
Apart from the multiple expeditions, Erling is also a writer, publisher, ex-lawyer, university lecturer, philosopher and father.
Having first overcome his childhood dyslexia to become a Lawyer. He later went on to become the first person to reach the North Pole, South Pole and the summit of Everest on foot and unassisted. His expedition to the South Pole is even more remarkable as he did it in total isolation. It was during this journey that he gathered the inspiration for his book; Silence in the age of noise, which was the basis of this podcast episode.
Erling kindly gave us a peak into his life of fortitude and his philiosophical outlook on the importance of introducing silence into our own lives during such distracting times.
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