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Photo: Børge Ousland plunges into a Norwegian fjord on skiis

Prepping for the Worst
What if you fall through the ice while skiing solo across the Arctic Ocean? To prepare, Børge Ousland plunged into a Norwegian fjord. “I tried to minimize risk by rehearsing dangerous situations,” he says.

Photograph by Thomas Ulrich
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