Huntford on Skiing

 From Roland Huntford’s description of Amundsen’s South Pole expedition, in “The Last Place on Earth”:  
“On and on they went, with the deceptively lazy lope of the nordic skier that hides power and economy of effort. … skis skimmed with a familiar, sensuous musical rasp.”  
“He (Bjaaland) moved with the effortless-looking double pole heave,throwing himself forward, leaning on the poles, and pulling himself on with  the sinuous power of a spring uncoiling, mile after mile.” (Olav Bjaaland, forerunner for Amundsen’s South Pole trek, was Holmenkollen champion in the years 1900-1910)

About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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