Ryan wrote, "I recommend watching "Across The Ice" which was part of last years Banff mountain film festival if you haven't already:
I had a chance to watch this last night...and WOW, what a roller coaster. Was an odd mix of inspiring, eyberow raising, deeply touching, and downright painful to watch. Really cool that Gamme waited for them to finish together! That's the kind of stuff i love to see.
I think the reason why these guys succeeded in their crazy quest, beyond the reasons given by others in the documentary, was their sheer degree of love for each other (love strengthens you on all levels), and their very, very strong belief in that they could do it. Directed, focused positive thinking to the n'th degree. Strong Spirits and hearts.
It is kind of hard to believe that they set out to do this without even knowing how to ski before hand, and not being particularly cold weather acclimated.
More than a bit fool hardy, but any kind of subjecting self to extreme challenge is kind of fool hardy (from a purely material standpoint) even with practice and know how. To a lesser extent, i can sort of relate to that kind of fearless mindset, positive and enthusiastic attitude (even in the face of testing and challenge), and believing self can accomplish something though it might be hard or difficult.
If anybody had told me that it's not possible to learn how to drive a motorcycle quickly with virtually no experience before hand, and then take it through 20 miles including a lot of major city, highway, etc and i had believed them even to a small extent, i most likely would have failed, gave up, and gotten into an accident. Partly it was my lack of fear, and my strong belief that i COULD do it, and positive, optimistic nature is what facilitated forming that reality and end result.
Those guys are living proof that mind and Spirit can help one to transcend the physical to some extent, because by all accounts they could have easily given up or died. If they had different personalities, mindsets, but the same bodies and experience, they probably would have given up or died.