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Alone on the Ice

The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

Roberts, David, 1943-

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Alone on the Ice
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His two companions dead, food and supplies vanished in a crevasse, Douglas Mawson was still one hundred miles from camp.
On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the epic journey undertaken by Douglas Mawson, who suffered starvation, the loss of his team, and a crippling foot injury as he resorted to crawling back to base camp during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913.

Book News
In 1913, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was the lone survivor of a disaster in the Arctic. Between January 14 and February 8, 1913, he miraculously made his way back to the base camp, unrecognizable and missing the soles of his feet, but alive. This suspenseful narrative tells his story, offering background on the personal histories of the members of the expedition. The book includes numerous b&w historical photos by Frank Hurley, many never published before in the US. Author Roberts has written many other books about mountain climbing and the Arctic. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393240160
0393240169
Branch Call Number: 919.8904 R
Characteristics: 368 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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"Imagine being 100 miles from your base camp in Antarctica with no food and neither human nor canine companions (because they've already died). Oh, and you must avoid hidden crevasses waiting to swallow you up. Find out how Australian geologist Douglas Mawson managed this Herculean task in Alone on the Ice, a well-researched, evocative look at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913. Mawson's amazing, though little-known, adventure (during which he suffered from foot problems, ultimately crawling part of the way back) is a thrilling tale. Readers familiar with Mawson's fellow Antarctic explorers, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, and those who enjoy survival stories should definitely pick up this compelling book." April 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=620534 April 2013 ; Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=623168

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