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, by myself and close to hunger, Douglas Mawson, chief of the Australasian Antarctic excursion, used to be hauling a sledge to come again to base camp. The canines have been long gone. Now Mawson himself plunged via a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by means of the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the need to haul himself again to the surface.
Mawson used to be occasionally lowered to crawling, and one evening he found that the soles of his toes had thoroughly indifferent from the flesh underneath. On February eight, while he staggered again to base, his good points unrecognizably skeletal, the 1st teammate to arrive him blurted out, “Which one are you?”
This exciting and virtually incredible account establishes Mawson in his rightful position as one of many maximum polar explorers and excursion leaders. it's illustrated by way of a trove of Frank Hurley’s well-known Antarctic images, many by no means sooner than released within the usa.
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