Knoff, David

What would you do if you were stranded in the coldest place on earth as the world you knew back home changed forever? As station leader at the Davis Research Station in Antarctica, David Knoff was leading 24 expeditioners in a standard mission when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, international travel came to a standstill and their ride home was cancelled indefinitely. What was supposed to be a routine mission became a high-pressure cauldron of uncertainty and anxiety where everyone was pushed to their mental limits. They would have to draw on every ounce of resilience to ensure a safe return.

Facing unprecedented challenges, including a complex medical evacuation and a fire on board the ship meant to get them out, David would need all his experience as an infantry platoon commander and diplomat to keep the team safe and get them home, albeit to a world that was changed forever.

537 Days of Winter is a high-octane, sub-zero story unlike any other in modern Antarctic history.

About the Author:
David Knoff is a speaker and specialist inremote leadership, management in isolation, Antarctic operations, resilience and mental health strategies and practices. He has worked for fifteen years in international relations with the Australian Government, as an officer in the Australian Army and as Station and Voyage Leader for the Australian Antarctic Program.

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Affirm Publishing, July 2023.   320 pages, paperback