Beyond the Mountains of Madness
Polar Guide and Mountaineer
The older Sorensen brother is tall and nearly colorless, with pale Norwegian skin and fine, virtually white hair that grows down past his shoulders. The pale blue eyes resemble ice water, and they study sky or horizon more comfortably than a nearby person. Sorensen’s lips are thin and bloodless, usually set with an air of cold determination. He is admirable for his extraordinary economy of words, seldom stringing more than two sentences together, and he never repeats himself. Even Starkweather’s bluster makes no dint in Nils’ icy exterior, although Gunnar will often act as intermediary to soften his brother’s uncompromising attitude. Nils is a thorough fatalist; only raw strength and swift understanding of the environment will allow humans to survive the Antarctic. If the ice is not understood, people will die.