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“An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration” Laurence Gonzales author of Deep SurvivalOn 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. I read than 40 books last year and only gave two 5 star reviews so I don't give them out too often Those who have read about the exploration of Antarctica are much likely to have read about Shackleton Scott and Amundsen but this engaging story of Australian Douglas Mawson deserves eual attentionThe central story covers how after a tragic accident Mawson returned 300 miles to base without adeuate supplies and only enough food for 10 days It took him nearly two months to return No less an explorer than Sir Edmund Hillary the first climber of Mt Everest called it The greatest survival story in the history of explorationWhen you finish the book you may wonder if modern men could match the feats of Mawson and his companions In the epilogue the book tells the story of a modern day adventurer who tried to recreate Mawson's desperate 300 mile journey It was a worthy effort but it only proved all the the amazing accomplishment made by MawsonHighly recommended

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Alone on the IceHe 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 State. This book conveys the true story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition AAE led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson Mawson was a key contributor to the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration; however many people do not carry his name on the “tip of the tongue” as they do the names of Shackleton Scott and Amundsen While the title suggests this is the story of Mawson’s miraculous survival in the wake of the death of his two companions while on an exploratory excursion it is in fact a great deal comprehensive It provides the background and context for the AAE including past experiences preparations for the trip and details about the lives of several of the participants The author is adept at selecting passages from the diaries of the crew without getting carried away with extraneous details We get a sense of Mawson as a scientist at heart not concerned with the competitive race to the pole but interested in mapping uncharted territory and conducting experiments to understand this frozen continent Overall I enjoyed the book very much To me the most engrossing chapters were related to the survival story The other parts were interesting but understandably not uite as riveting Recommended to readers interested in survival stories and the history of polar exploration

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Read & download ¹ Alone on the Ice 109 å “An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration”—Laurence Gonzales author of Deep SurvivalOn 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 MawsoDangling over an abyss by the sledge harness A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surfaceMawson 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 t. In 1911 a young university professor from Australia named Douglas Mawson assembled a group of explorers and scientists to form the Australasian Antarctic Expedition whose mission was to map photograph and collect geologic samples from the continent of Antarctica After arriving and building a base camp they wintered there before beginning their expedition Mawson divided the entire group into smaller teams to conduct the research and mapping Mawson’s team of three men was fit and able They set out on a journey south of the camp in November with a goal of returning by mid January At the end of January all team members had returned to base except Mawson’s team On January 29 base camp members who had remained behind saw a figure approaching It was Mawson His two companions had suffered tragic fates Mawson had walked than 300 miles alone across barren icy surface interspersed with hidden crevasses as well as bitter subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions He was unrecognizable and near starvation This is an astonishing story of perseverance endurance and survival that Sir Edmund Hillary called “The greatest survival story in the history of exploration” It’s one you won’t soon forget