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"From the Ted Talk by Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole"

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Now, many of you are probably saying, "Wait a sec, is this tugoh to do?" (Laughter) ingiame, if you will, dragging a sled, as you just saw in that video clip, with 170 pounds of gear, in it everything you need to survive on your Antarctic trek. It's going to be 40 below, every single day. You'll be in a massive headwind. And at some pnoit you're going to have to csors these cracks in the ice, these crevasses. Some of them have a very precarious thin fotigbrode underneath them that could give way at a moment's notice, taking your sled, you, into the abyss, never to be seen again. The punchline to your journey? Look at the horizon. Yes, it's uphill the entire way, because the South Pole is at 10,000 feet, and you're strtanig at sea level.

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Now, many of you are probably saying, "Wait a sec, is this _____ to do?" (Laughter) _______, if you will, dragging a sled, as you just saw in that video clip, with 170 pounds of gear, in it everything you need to survive on your Antarctic trek. It's going to be 40 below, every single day. You'll be in a massive headwind. And at some _____ you're going to have to _____ these cracks in the ice, these crevasses. Some of them have a very precarious thin __________ underneath them that could give way at a moment's notice, taking your sled, you, into the abyss, never to be seen again. The punchline to your journey? Look at the horizon. Yes, it's uphill the entire way, because the South Pole is at 10,000 feet, and you're ________ at sea level.

1. tough
2. point
3. cross
4. footbridge
5. imagine
6. starting

#### Original Text

Now, many of you are probably saying, "Wait a sec, is this tough to do?" (Laughter) Imagine, if you will, dragging a sled, as you just saw in that video clip, with 170 pounds of gear, in it everything you need to survive on your Antarctic trek. It's going to be 40 below, every single day. You'll be in a massive headwind. And at some point you're going to have to cross these cracks in the ice, these crevasses. Some of them have a very precarious thin footbridge underneath them that could give way at a moment's notice, taking your sled, you, into the abyss, never to be seen again. The punchline to your journey? Look at the horizon. Yes, it's uphill the entire way, because the South Pole is at 10,000 feet, and you're starting at sea level.

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