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Pole to Pole : One Man, 20 Million Steps - Pat Farmer

Pole to Pole

One Man, 20 Million Steps

By: Pat Farmer, Larry Writer (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2012
ISBN: 9781742377841
Number Of Pages: 352

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The greatest true adventure book of the decade - the incredible story of Pat Farmer's inspiring run from the North Pole to the South Pole.

In a feat that ranks with the brave and inspiring deeds of Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Edmund Hillary and Jessica Watson, famed Australian ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer did what no human has ever done: run from the North Pole to South Pole. His mission: to raise money for the Red Cross to fund water projects in the world's neediest regions.

Setting out from the North Pole in April 2011, Farmer ran 21,000 kilometres through 14 countries including Canada, the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia and Chile. In the run, which took him nearly a year to complete, he averaged an incredible 85 km a day - that's two marathons every day, with no days off.

On his epic adventure, Farmer faced freezing cold, polar bears and ice crevasses; searing heat and rattlesnakes; guerrillas, drug cartels and killer highway traffic; humidity and dangerous wildlife; and the stamina-sapping high altitudes of the Andes. He suffered injuries, collisions and saw first-hand the brutality of life in some of the most dangerous places on earth. He cheated death time and again.

The raw and honest chronicle of Pat Farmer's run from Pole to Pole is a deeply personal diary accompanied by stunning photography. Share in Farmer's triumphs, challenges and despair as he runs and runs and runs from one end of the earth to the other.

About the Author

Pat Farmer commenced his passion of ultra-marathon running while working as a motor mechanic in the late-1970s. In 1992 he married Lisa Bullivant and they bought land in Catherine Field, where they began building their family home. They went on to have two children, Brooke and Dillon. In 1998, Lisa, aged 34, died unexpectedly of Mitral Valve Prolapse and Farmer was left to raise his two children on his own. During this period, Farmer set a number of ultra-marathon Australian and world records, which placed him in the elite of the sport. Before becoming a politician in 2001, he raised over $3 million for Diabetes Australia, Lifeline, Careflight International and the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research. Farmer is perhaps best known for his record breaking 14,964 km Centenary of Federation run around all of Australia in 1999, taking 191 days. This event raised considerable funds for charity. He was named Achiever of the Year at the Australian of the Year Awards 2000.

Pat Farmer an Inspirational, Compassionate, Humanitarian


Pat Farmer is an Inspirational, Compassionate Humanitarian Pat Farmer goes to the ends of the earth to raise money for people he doesn't know, and to bring them clean water and improved sanitation. The story of his trip and outright determination to achieve that goal is inspirational. I'm not a big reader, but will be buying this book as gifts for friends.



Pole to Pole

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Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Warming upp. xix
The Arcticp. 1
Canadap. 47
United Statesp. 67
Central Americap. 123
South Americap. 185
Antarcticap. 269
Finishing the jobp. 297
Acknowledgementsp. 311
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ISBN: 9781742377841
ISBN-10: 174237784X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1

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