Who better than an Antarctic explorer to explain how not to sabotage your own winter camping expedition? In 2011-2012, explorers Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair-Landry made a 3,000-mile east-to-west traverse of Antarctica to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Amundsen and Scott's tag of the South Pole. Using wind power instead of dog power, the duo kite-skied from Russia's Novolazarevskaya Station to, fittingly, Hercules Inlet.
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Copeland already owns the world record for the longest distance traveled -- 393 miles -- by kite-ski during one 24-day period, a feat he ticked off while skiing 1,518 miles across the Greenland Ice Sheet in May 2010. Copeland likes to quote Amundsen himself:
Victory awaits him who has everything in order – luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.
Following are Copeland's top six strategies for sure victory, in his own words. And even if you're not headed to the Antarctic this winter, these tips from a a pro will still come in handy for your next back-country ski or winter camping trip.