In the footsteps of Scott and Amundsen, two Aussies, Cas and Jonesy, set out to conquer the last great wilderness on earth. This is their story of tenacity, mateship and survival.
On 31 October 2011 James Castrission and Justin Jones set out to achieve 'one of the last great polar adventures' - an unsupported return journey from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole. This is a quest that has been attempted by many experienced polar explorers before them...and all have failed. This book will detail everything: the preparation, the setbacks, the outset, the highs and the lows in brutally honest detail.
This expedition is the modern-day equivalent of the exploits of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. They are man-hauling a pulk (with 200kg of provisions each) and will utilise prevailing wind with kites where possible.
Why they are doing this? Through realising a childhood dream and committing themselves to a groundbreaking expedition, they wish to inspire others to overcome fear and pursue their own adventures and dreams.
About the Author
James Castrission, 28, aka Cas is a highly motivated, self-confessed outdoor junkie. His major passion in life is his climbing and if he's not off training for another epic adventure, he's pretty much guaranteed to be found up in the mountains. He has a bachelor of commerce and has worked as a consultant and analyst for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu before deciding that mountaineering, rock climbing, bushwalking and kayaking should be the focus of his life. He has climbed some of the most challenging peaks in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the US and has walked some of the most breathtaking tracks too. Cas is the author of CROSSING THE DITCH, his first book that tells of his and Jonesy's triumphant kayak paddle from Australia to New Zealand.
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This is a great inspirational read, makes you feel cold! Just as if you were there! Good on the boys for taking on such an adventure, makes you realise that there is more to life, you've got to dream.
Comments about Extreme South:
Meet Cas and partner Jonesy, 2 serious recreational adventurers as they prepare the journey of a lifetime- walking the edge of Antartica, all the way to the South Pole, the first two people in its 100 years of of historical trying by coutlness others such as Mawson & co. You'll read about their gruelling training regime, their sponsors the trials, tribulations they face on this ice and snow-packed wilderness. Meet lone Nordic skier Aleks Gamme who was their guardian angel, with the same ambition in mind, reaching the South Pole by himself. You'll read about human endurance, about pain endurance, their annoyances and grievances whilst on the snow, the lonliness, and the challanges of keeping in touch with their sponsers back in Australia. This book is a true inspiration to anyone who dreams and thinks that its impossible beyond measure to achieve. This book surely challenges that negative mentality. Through sheer perseverance, towards the end of January 2012 they reached their goal, something heir historical heros, such as Mawson & Co., failed to do. This story is truly inspirational- its enrichment will inspire and empower anyone who has a dream and thinks it to bizarr to follow through. Expert practitioners in the art of steadfastness, single-mindedness, and diligence, their dream unfolds daily, till approximately 18 months later they were ready to fly to Chile and begin one of the most daring adventures in the 100 year exploratory history of jouneying to the South Pole. If your dream needs a major kickstart, then this is well worth a read; not only will the majesty of this eternal winterland astound you, you will also be inspired to reach into the depths of your own spirit so that you too can make the impossible happen. With stopgaps of their google website, inbetween readings, you can also view visualy their remarkable journey, through their trustworthy video cam as they documented their adventure live. Highly recommended!
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 31st July 2012
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1