Sir Vivian Fuchs, Sir Edmund Hillary and the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1953–58
The Trans-Antarctic Expedition was a remarkable collaboration between Commonwealth nations to undertake the first overland crossing of the continent (during which Edmund Hillary led only the third group to reach the South Pole). Using maps, diagrams and photos from private collections, the Royal Geographical Society and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, this book reconstructs the full story of the planning, execution and mechanical complexity of the dangerous journey.
A Hero for the Atomic Age
Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition
When the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl sailed his balsa-wood raft Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, he created one of the founding myths of the post-war world, imbued with heroism, optimism and free-spirited rebellion against scientific orthodoxy. This examination of his life and ideas reveals how carefully he constructed his own legend, and challenges the racism and sexism implicit in some of his theories.
Across the Arctic Ocean
Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
In 1968, Wally Herbert and three companions set out from Alaska to walk across the North Pole to Spitzbergen. Illustrated with unpublished photographs, his own account of the trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor Boyarsky and other polar explorers. The result is a record of an epic journey that, as our ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Tiger and the Ruby
A Journey to the Other Side of British India
In 1841 Nigel Holleck left Britain to work as a clerk in the East India Company. After eight years in the post, he disappeared without trace in Nepal. A century and a half later, Kief Hillsbery set out to find the final resting place of his ancestor. The result is this remarkable tale of a clash of civilizations, a quest to discover one’s own identity, and a moving story of one man against an empire.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut kidnapped a young nobleman, Dako, from an island off the coast of New Guinea, to exhibit him in Broadway shows. Based on newly discovered archives, this book tells their story for the first time. Alternating between the perspectives of captor and captive, it records the growing friendship between the two men, explores Morrell’s ambiguous character, and charts the return journey that brought Dako back to his homeland.
The Cape Horners' Club
Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape
Cape Horn is the only choke point in the Southern Ocean, where winds, waves and currents, unfettered for thousands of miles, are forced through a narrow channel between the Antarctic and the southernmost tip of the Americas. Adrian Flanagan charts the history of the Cape through the exploits of the select band of yachting legends who have taken on its fearsome challenge, including Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnson, Bernard Moitessier, Chay Blythe and Jessica Watson.
Tent Life in Siberia
The Incredible Account of Adventure, Travel, and Survival
In 1865, George Kennan (1845–1924) led a group whose two-year mission was to survey Siberia with a view to laying a telegraph cable through Alaska, across the Bering Strait and on to Europe via Russia. Kennan’s account of his travels in Siberia, his encounters with indigenous peoples and the challenge of surviving the intense cold is a classic of American travel literature. With a new introduction by Larry McMurtry.
The Modern Explorers
Any idea that our planet has been completely tamed is dispelled by the 39 thrilling expeditions in this book. Discover what it is like to be dragged, hanging from a balloon, through a rainforest, to inch up a sheer rock-face, or to trek through a desert as the water runs out. Illustrated with more than 250 breathtaking colour photographs, these gripping first-hand accounts demonstrate that the spirit of adventure is very much alive in the 21st century.
On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, in an expedition organized by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. But there were several earlier British attempts to conquer the peak in the 1920s and 1930s. This stunning large format book, published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their achievement, presents hundreds of photos taken by the members of all of these expeditions and concise but informative text.