By David Roberts
“An very important lacking tale from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, writer of Deep Survival
On January 17, 1913, on my own and close to hunger, Douglas Mawson, chief of the Australasian Antarctic excursion, used to be hauling a sledge to come back to base camp. The canine have been long gone. Now Mawson himself plunged via a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by way of the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the need to haul himself again to the surface.
Mawson was once occasionally lowered to crawling, and one evening he came across that the soles of his ft had thoroughly indifferent from the flesh underneath. On February eight, whilst he staggered again to base, his beneficial properties unrecognizably skeletal, the 1st teammate to arrive him blurted out, “Which one are you?”
This exciting and virtually unimaginable account establishes Mawson in his rightful position as one of many maximum polar explorers and excursion leaders. it's illustrated via a trove of Frank Hurley’s well-known Antarctic pictures, many by no means earlier than released within the usa.
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She never saw her parents again. Anita, still living at home in Charlottesville in 1915 aged 25 with her two sisters, Ida and young Claudia, watched as their increasingly ill mother could not afford to feed the boarders. Anita eloped with a college sweetheart, Robert R. Young. Their long marriage together took them to the heights of ﬁnancial prosperity and wealth, including mansions in Newport and Palm Beach, where they enjoyed a friendship with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s. What remained of O’Keeffe’s immediate family disintegrated when Ida Totto O’Keeffe died in May 1916 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts