To study the conditions of sea ice, one must walk very carefully across it. Here, two members of the Catlin Arctic Survey team maneuver a supply sled through a rough patch.Courtesy Catlin Arctic Survey To millions around the world, Pen Hadow -- the first person ever to trek to the North Pole alone without any support -- is simply one of the most extraordinary people alive. To me, however, he is also the man who didn't come to dinner. Let me explain. One day last year Pen arranged to come to our village for dinner with me and the local …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Geoffrey Lean, Contributing Editor (Environment) at London's Daily Telegraph, has been covering the field for almost 40 years and has won many national and international awards for his work.