Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lorenz Peter Elfred Freuchen was a Danish explorer who is most notable for his role in Arctic exploration, in particular the Thule expeditions, which took place between 1912 and 1933. While on one of these expeditions, Freuchen got caught in a...

Lorenz Peter Elfred Freuchen was a Danish explorer who is most notable for his role in Arctic exploration, in particular the Thule expeditions, which took place between 1912 and 1933. While on one of these expeditions, Freuchen got caught in a horrendous blizzard while in Greenland. The weather was so bad that he took cover under a dogsled. When the blizzard ceased, he realised he was buried under a thick layer of snow, unable to move. After being stuck for 30 hours under the dogsled, clawing and digging at the ice and snow, Freuchen used another tactic - he fashioned a knife out of his own frozen faeces and chiselled his way out. It took him three hours to crawl back to base where he then realised he had severe gangrene on his toes. He then amputated his toes with pliers and a hammer.

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