‘Polar Dream’ book by Davor Rostuhar promoted in Kriterion

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Promotion of the book ‘Polar Dream’ (‘Polarni san’) written by Croatian writer and photographer Davor Rostuhar was organized in the arthouse cinema Kriterion. 

Sarajevo was the final stop of the seven-month long tour during which Rostuhar promoted his book and talked about his expedition to Antarctica.

Rostuhar went on a solo expedition to the South Pole which was unsupported and unassisted in its entirety. This meant that he carried all of his equipment and food with himself from the shores of Antarctica to the geographical South Pole. He traveled on foot, solely with the help of skis, while carrying 135 kilograms of equipment on a sled.

He took the so-called Hercules route, which is the longest one, but the climb to the almost 3,000 meters-high South Pole is the mildest one.

The Croatian talked about his motivation to make this journey and how he had prepared for it. He stressed that his role model was Roald Amundsen, who was the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911. Rostuhar also said that his fellow countryman Stipe Bozic was also a motivation, since he was the one of the best-known alpinists from the region who conquered Mount Everest and the North Pole.

Rostuhar himself started dreaming about the expedition to the North Pole when he was 19 years old and he read about a solo expedition to the North Pole. However, nowadays this would be impossible to achieve due to a global warming. Therefore, he decided to try to reach the South Pole unassisted and unsupported.

Polar Dream presentation 1

Rostuhar discussed the process of preparation, which he stressed was the most important one for any adventure. He spent more than two years training for the expedition, and visited indigenous nations that live on the far north of the planet: the Inuit in northern Greenland, the Nenets in northern Siberia and the Sami in northern Scandinavia. Rostuhar traveled to Norway twice to prepare himself for the weather conditions.

He ventured to the South Pole in December 2017 and January 2018, during summer. Rostuhar’s journey lasted 47 days. He crossed 30 kilometers daily, 1,200 kilometers in total, and reached the South Pole on January 17.

The photographer documented his entire journey to the South Pole and a documentary movie was created out of his audiovisual recordings. The documentary showed extreme weather conditions, like a total whiteout and freezing winds. Intimate insights in the psychological toll such a journey takes on the human psyche were also shown.

Davor Rostuhar is the 24th person to reach the South Pole solo, unassisted and unsupported.

The promotion in Sarajevo was organized by Mountaineering Club ‘Nomads’.