I've done some crazy stuff in my time on planet earth.
I went to rodeo school and had a wild horse drag me halfway down a rodeo arena in Mansfield, Texas.
I worked as a bicycle messenger on the streets of New York City and lived to tell about it...but just barely.
I even did a little mountaineering, summiting Mount Whitney in 1991, where I climbed an 800 foot snowface (I know, I know, it's not Everest, but I like to use the phrase "summit" because, for me, that's what it felt like).
But never in my life did I want to go a really cold and desolate place and drag a sled with all my provisions on it across the Greenland Ice Sheet.
And I can assure you I never will.
But then again, I'm not my IBM colleague Harald Fuchs.
Harald just started such a trek, and you can follow his journey on his new "Greenland Crossing 2008" blog.
Harald is a PhD in Geology and Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur and has worked at IBM for 20 years, most recently as a biz dev executive for IBM's Global Strategic Outsourcing Partnerships group.
Harald started his walk across the Greenland Ice Sheet only yesterday, just in time for Earth Day 2008.
He writes on his blog that his intent is "to build a bridge and stimulate a more direct communication between the Polar Research and Business World for an ongoing process of more precise forecasts of...climate change and to support the adjustment of business strategies of companies considering the climate change."
Along with his expedition partner, Andre Felbrich, Harald intends to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet with no outside logistical support, using skis, pulkas (human hauled sleds), and snow-kites.
They will be covering some 600 kilometers in distance, and along the way will be collecting data and sending regular podcasts back to the blog.
I listened to Harald's overnight podcast dispatch.
Despite it just sounding like it's pretty ----ed cold, the forecast seemed gloomy: Rainy and winds strong enough that Andre and Harold had to put snow against the wall of the tent to keep it from blowing over.
To make his podcasts possible, Harald is using a solar-powered satellite phone that he can use for only a few minutes a day, which he uses to call in his podcast dispatches to BlogTalkRadio.
If you have a question for Harald, you can post it on the blog and my colleague Adam will be sending a few select ones along to Harald and Andre via SMS. Sorry, no Twitter.
So, where on the Greenland Ice Sheet is Harald Fuchs currently, you ask?
North 65 degrees, 37.404 minutes, West 38 degrees, 57.806 minutes
But this being Earth Day, I suspect he and Andre won't be there for long.
Learn more about Harald and Andres' Greenland Ice Sheet crossing -- and the economics of climate change -- at the Greenland Crossing 2008 blog.Read More]