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Ben Carlin (wikipedia.org)
125 points by Thevet on Jan 6, 2020 | hide | past | favorite | 7 comments

Money from Carlin's estate was used to found the Charlotte Carlin Scholarship (named for his mother), awarded for "the proficiency of the English language with the avoidance of clichés".”

There's a free audiobook about this guy and the journey in Half Safe. I quite enjoyed it!


I’m curious - what’s up with the scarves these old timer adventurers wear under the shirt. Is it fashion or there’s some practical aspect to it?

In warm/hot areas with low humidity you can get enough of an evaporative cooling effect around the major artery in your neck to make a enough of a different in temperature feel to make it worth it.

Great read.

I came to the bit about his journey taking ten years and thought "his poor wife".

I later saw that they divorced.

However, “Carlin almost decided to abandon the journey and liquidate Half-Safe, but was convinced by his wife to continue.”

Sounds like she was – at least for a time – just as invested.

Well, she did accompany him for the first five years. She just kept getting seasick. Too bad they ended up divorcing but that's the power of obsession right there.

She's featured in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diuiv5iCAw4

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