Saturday, 17 October 2009
Fridtjof Nansen and his single ski stick
Travel writer Sara Wheeler chooses Fridtjof Nansen as My Hero, a new column in the Guardian review. The piece is accompanied by a picture which, while it looks like it was taken in a studio, perfectly conveys her description of the Norwegian explorer as "a long-faced Norseman with a touch of the archetypal brooding Scandinavian (as well as a hint of the Sphinx.)"
One interesting point is that while it was becoming the norm to use two ski sticks at the end of the 19th century it, Nansen was fiercely devoted to using just one.