Sept. 21, 2022

Replay – #13 Erling Kagge: The Famed Norwegian Explorer on Silence, Philosophy, and Summiting Mount Everest

Replay – #13 Erling Kagge: The Famed Norwegian Explorer on Silence, Philosophy, and Summiting Mount Everest

In this Replay episode, we explore silence, philosophy, and summiting Mount Everest. We’re joined by Erling Kagge, famed explorer and author, who [guest background]. We cover Erling’s expeditions across the Atlantic and to the North and South Poles, how he dove into philosophy, and his foray into book publishing.


In Episode #13, we explore silence, philosophy, and summiting Mount Everest. We’re joined by Erling Kagge, famed explorer and author, who [guest background]. We cover Erling’s expeditions across the Atlantic and to the North and South Poles, how he dove into philosophy, and his foray into book publishing.

“Experience is the best education you can have, but it's very costly.” – Erling Kagge

EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)

https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/erling-kagge-outliers-show-notes 

FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT

https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/erling-kagge-outliers-transcript 

CHAPTERS

This episode is our guide to Erling Kagge’s experiences with silence, philosophy, and summiting Mount Everest. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:01:57) – How Erling’s daughters inspired his book about silence
  • (00:07:36) – Erling’s experience walking solo to the South Pole
  • (00:13:34) – Erling’s expeditions across the Atlantic and to the North and South Poles
  • (00:21:15) – Erling’s struggle with dyslexia, and how reading became an important part of his life
  • (00:24:23) – How Erling dove into philosophy
  • (00:29:51) – On how Erling got into book publishing, the publishing process at Kagge Forlag
  • (00:47:55) – Why moving slowly is better than speeding through life, and how walking plays into that
  • (01:01:01) – Erling’s daily rituals

 

ABOUT ERLING KAGGE

Erling Kagge is a man of many firsts. The New York Times has described Erling as a philosophical adventurer, or perhaps an adventurous philosopher. In 1990, Erling and his expedition partner Børge Ousland became the first people to ever reach the North Pole unsupported. Over the course of 58 days, they covered nearly 500 miles on skis, pulling hundreds of pounds of supplies behind them the entire way. In 1993, Erling became the first person to make a solo, completely unsupported expedition to the South Pole, where he covered over 800 miles in 50 days without any contact with the outside world. 

And in 1994, Erling summited Mount Everest, completing what's called the “Three Pole Challenge” by making it to both the North and South Poles, as well as the summit of Mount Everest. Out of those experiences, he's published multiple best selling books, including two of my all time favorites, Silence: In the Age of Noise, and Philosophy for Polar Explorers: What They Don't Teach You in School.

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