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Island at the Edge of the World By Stephen Venables

Island at the Edge of the World
by Stephen Venables

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In his account of a journey made with four friends to South Georgia in 1989 on board the "Endurance", the Antarctic survey and supply vessel, Stephen Venables describes his small teams battle against the world's worst weather across the most magnificent terrain at the edge of Antarctica.
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Island at the Edge of the World: South Georgian Odyssey by Stephen Venables

South Georgia is remote, inhospitable, beautiful and the burial place of Antarctica's hero, Shackleton, inspiration for Stephen Venables' odyssey. Over December 1989 and January 1990 he and four friends were able to travel south with "Endurance", the Antarctic survey and supply vessel reprieved from the scrapyard by its Falklands war service. Ostensibly it was a climbing expedition, but in South Georgia they discovered a world of primeval wonder in which the elements dictated the puny activities of mere men. As an exploratary base they excavated themselves a large ice cave in a wind scoop recommended by explorer Duncan Carse. From here they snatched breaks in the blizzard to make ski forays to unclimbed peaks, and explored the coastlines with their colonies of elephant seals and penguins, their bleak memorials to a past whaling industry and even starker graffiti of the Falklands War. Stephen Venables has woven the whole story of exploration and exploitation, of a fragile ecological chain set in a precarious political scenario, into an account of a small team battling against the world's worst weather across the most magnificent terrain at the edge of Antarctica. The author is one of Britain's leading climbers with a new route on Everest to his credit. He is also the Boardman Tasker prize-winning author of "Painted Mountains" and "Everest, Kangshung Face".

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GOR001410877
Island at the Edge of the World: South Georgian Odyssey by Stephen Venables
Stephen Venables
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
1991-11-07
192
0340556005
9780340556009
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