Alone on the Ice

Alone on the Ice

The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393347784
9780393240160
0393240169
0393083713
9780393083712
Characteristics: 368 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hurley, Frank 1885-1962

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Madreley
Jul 15, 2015

Well written. The author does a very good job of describing the hardships endured by the men, and you could almost imagine yourself in their place. The book gets a little long at times going into the men's histories, but the book is well worth reading.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

"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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