Thanks for posting, Vin. Crediting the New York Times for the photo is perfect. The only thing is you poked a 1-hour hole in my day as I got fascinated in these stories!
These guys are so badass I can't even imagine how & why they do it. But I have to say that in terms of modern-day polar adventurers, I think Børge Ousland is the baddest of them all. He's had a few insane accomplishments on the North Pole too.