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Mountains of Madness : A journey through Antarctica - John Long

Mountains of Madness

A journey through Antarctica

By: John Long

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'This is adventuring and scientific exploration on the cutting edge.' Tim Bowden..'A splendid account of a heroic contemporary expedition to Antarctica.' ..Tim Flannery, author of The Future Eaters and Throwim Way Leg...'Suddenly my foot stepped right through the ground and the other foot gave way also. I felt the horrible feeling of falling, with nothing below me, and instinctively thrashed around to suddenly break the fall . my feet wiggled in the air atop of a bottomless chasm .'..This describes the author's feelings on almost falling into a crevasse on a scientific expedition to Antarctica. Later on that same day he again narrowly escaped death when an avalanche almost buried him... This book is an adventure story. It takes the reader sledging through 700 kilometres of the Transantarctic Mountains, parts of which had never before been explored. There is danger along the way and moments of exhilarating discovery and quiet contemplation... Mountains of Madness is a celebration of Antarctica; its prehistory and recent history, its grandeur and scientific wonders, and the people who have boldly ventured into its most remote places to uncover its deepest secrets.

Foreword..Preface: My Mountains of Madness..1 A strange and hostile land..2 Of heroes, rocks and fossils..3 Survival training: Tekapo, New Zealand..4 Arrival in Antarctica..5 Antics on ice..6 A very good Christmas..7 Dry valleys, sand dunes and rivers..8 Back to the Great White South..9 Cape Evans and Cape Royds..10 A flight of discovery..11 On Mr Darwin's glacier..12 The first worst day of my life..13 Dancing on the Gorgon's head..14 Up the McCleary Glacier..15 A room at Fish Hotel..16 The skua..17 The ascent of Mt Gudmundson..18 Over the Mulock Glacier..19 Mt Ritchie and Deception Glacier..20 Onwards to Escalade Peak..21 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas'..22 On the snout of the Alligator..23 Long day's journey into night..24 Skating away on the thin ice of a New Year..25 Working on the Portal

ISBN: 9781741151336
ISBN-10: 1741151333
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2000
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1