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Pat Farmer launches 'Pole to Pole' book

One man. 20 million steps. They said he'd never make it. They were wrong.

Thursday March 22, 2012

Pat Farmer's book 'Pole to Pole. One man. 20 million steps' will be available this week.

In January 2012 Pat Farmer accomplished one of the greatest human feats in history. He arrived at the South Pole after the longest and arguably most dangerous run in history, a physical and mental conquest against terrible odds that puts him in the company of history's great adventurers, Sir Edmund Hillary, Robert Falcon Scott and Thor Heyerdahl.

Pat Farmer's 21,000 kilometre Pole to Pole run, dedicated to raising funds for the Red Cross, began in the North Pole in April 2011 and took him through Canada, the United States, Central America and South America to his final destination in the Antarctic.

He ran an incredible average of 65 kilometres every day, some days running up to 100 kilometres or more, equivalent to almost two and a half marathons in a day.

The epic trek saw Pat brave blizzards, nearly lose his life when he became lost in the blazing deserts of Peru, evade polar bears, snakes, crocodiles, armed bandits and rogue militia, and narrowly miss being wiped out by an out-of-control truck.

He defied unimaginable pain, suffered dehydration and stress injuries and destroyed his feet.
Unbelievably, in the most daunting section of the run he set a new running record for the South Pole, averaging over 50 kilometres a day while being blasted by a ferocious blizzard and -40 degree temperatures.

Pole to Pole is Pat Farmer's diary of his achievement, chronicling the highs and lows of the life of an extreme athlete. Revealing how and why he kept going through some of the most inhospitable places on earth, Pat was determined to raise money for a cause he passionately believed in and to get home to this two children, Brooke and Dillon.

Pat Farmer ran from Pole to Pole to raise funds for the American, Canadian and Australian Red Cross.

American Red Cross is directing funds to its Disaster Relief Program, which saves and rebuilds lives after large-scale tragedies such as the Haiti earthquake.

Canadian Red Cross will use donations to improve mother and child health in developing communities.

Australian Red Cross will be helping to bring clean water to developing communities around the world and will use funds to build wells and pipelines. Unsafe water and poor sanitation have claimed more lives over the past century that any other cause. Currently 880 million people do not have access to clean water.

Pat's speaking dates:

Monday 2 April 2012
1pm, Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney
Hosted by Constant Reader Bookshop
Tickets: free event, no bookings necessary

Tuesday 3 April 2012
7pm, Concord Library, 60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Hosted by Canada Bay Libraries
Tickets: $7 includes refreshments; bookings essential on 02 9911 6210

Wednesday 4 April 2012
12.30pm, Four Seasons, 199 George Street, Sydney
Dymocks/Sydney Morning Herald Literary Event
Tickets: $70 for members SMH Dymocks Events, $85 non-members, includes a two-course meal and all beverages; call 02 9449 4366 to book

Tuesday 17 April 2012
6.30pm, Easts Leagues Club Brisbane, 45 Main Avenue, Coorparoo
Dymocks/B Magazine Literary Event
Tickets: $10 for Easts Leagues members & Dymocks booklovers, $15 for all others; to book call 07 3007 2800 or 07 3397 8885

Wednesday 18 April 2012
7pm, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Dymocks/The Age Literary Event
Tickets: $20 for Dymocks booklover members, $23 for all others call 03 9660 8500 or email to book

Saturday 28 April 2012
2pm, Tamworth Library, 466 Peel Street, Tamworth
Hosted by Tamworth Library
Tickets: free event, no bookings necessary

Thursday 3 May
6.30pm, Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, 252 Centennial Road, Bowral
Hosted by The Bookshop Bowral
Tickets: $35 includes supper bowl and a drink; to book call 02 4862 1634

Monday 7 May 2012
6pm, Aquinas College, 58 Mount Henry Road, Salter Point
Hosted by Dymocks Booragoon
Tickets: $10 per person includes tea & coffee; to book call 08 9364 7687

Wednesday 9 May 2012
7pm, 14 Pennant Street, Castle Hill
Hosted by Castle Hill Library
Tickets: $5 bookings to 02 9761 4510