Antarctica: The Impossible Crossing?: Somers, Geoff
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Antarctica: The Impossible Crossing?

Author(s): Somers, Geoff

Copyright: 2018, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xxvi, 276, photo frontis, 77 color & 1 bw photos, 41 illus, 1 color & 3 bw maps, blue cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

In 1989-90 the International Trans-Antarctic Expedition (ITAE) consisting of six men, from six countries, 36 huskies, and 20 tons of food and gear crossed the continent (3,741 miles) via its greatest axis in 220 days. This was the longest and first on-foot crossing of the continent which focused attention on Antarctica and its future. Somers was one of the members and is one of the world’s most accomplished polar travelers having made the then longest unsupported Arctic journey traversing the Greenland Ice Cap south to north (1988), guided the first commercial expedition to the North Magnetic Pole (1996), guided the first self-supported commercial expedition skiing to the South Pole (1999), and spent 3½ years with the British Antarctic Survey.

Somers now provides his account of the ITAE, based on his journals, which battled through ferocious winter storms, isolation, crevasses, constant blizzards, little communication with the outside world and dwindling supplies. This unprecedented undertaking was considered absurd, ludicrous. However, seven months after starting, the team reached the far coast, proving the cooperation of so many cultures and the phenomenal stamina of the huskies. This is a nice companion to Will Steger’s own book about the expedition ‘Crossing Antarctica’.

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