By David Roberts
“An vital 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 day trip, was once 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 desire to haul himself again to the surface.
Mawson was once occasionally lowered to crawling, and one evening he found that the soles of his ft had thoroughly indifferent from the flesh underneath. On February eight, while 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 day trip leaders. it really is illustrated by way of a trove of Frank Hurley’s well-known Antarctic images, many by no means prior to released within the usa.
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