By David Roberts
“An very important lacking tale from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, writer of Deep Survival
On January 17, 1913, on my own and close to hunger, Douglas Mawson, chief of the Australasian Antarctic excursion, was once hauling a sledge to come again to base camp. The canine have been long past. Now Mawson himself plunged via a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss via the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the desire to haul himself again to the surface.
Mawson used to be occasionally decreased to crawling, and one evening he found that the soles of his toes had thoroughly indifferent from the flesh underneath. On February eight, whilst he staggered again to base, his beneficial properties unrecognizably skeletal, the 1st teammate to arrive him blurted out, “Which one are you?”
This exciting and nearly unimaginable account establishes Mawson in his rightful position as one of many maximum polar explorers and excursion leaders. it's illustrated through a trove of Frank Hurley’s well-known Antarctic images, many by no means ahead of released within the usa.
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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts