Chapter 5. Personal Flotation: You Are Responsible for Your Own Security


The explorer... is looking, not for thrills, but for facts about the unknown.... To him, an adventure is merely a bit of bad planning, brought to light by the test of trial.... Serious work in exploration calls for as definite and rigorous professional preparation as does success in any other serious work in life.[1]

 --Roald Amundsen, Polar Explorer

At 36, Kathleen Flinn was laid off from her secure corporate job with Microsoft in London. She walked out of the office in December 2003 with all her belongings in a box. The layoff shocked her. They had thrown her out of her warm cubicle into the cold water. She thought about joining her boyfriend in Seattle, but he urged her ...

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