Reading In The Land Of White Death, I found myself trying to define what is necessary for something to be an adventure. I have no doubt in my mind that those trekking south from the Saint Anna in search of land are on an adventure. Their journey is long and dangerous. When they left the Saint Anna there was uncertainty about whether or not they would ever find land. They faced numerous difficulties along the way. Finally, their journey was extremely long. Considering those still left on the ship, they are on a very different adventure, one whose primary threat was duration. They did not face the same types of challenges as those hiking. They had shelter, and ample supplies for the short term. Danger only arose if the ship was unable to get free when the ice melted in nearly a year. However this also made me think about other adventures. Are things like skydiving, or big wave surfing adventures, or are they merely stunts. Do adventures require an extended time frame? According to Merriam-Webster, adventure is “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.” However this still leaves the question of time scale up for negotiation. In considering my own ideas of an adventure, I can agree with the requirement of danger and unknown risk. I also like the idea of an undertaking where outcome is unknown. However, I feel that there is a difference between a dangerous activity and an adventure. For me this difference centers on time frame. I feel that adventure requires the activity take a substantial or notable length of time. However, this is an imperfect definition.