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Walking on thin ice : in pursuit of the North Pole
Hempleman-Adams, David, 1956-
Publication Information:
London : Orion Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 271 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
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Includes index.

Published in association with The Daily Telegraph.
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Daily telegraph (London, England)
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G627 .H467 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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For adventurers, climbing the Seven Summits--including Everest--and reaching all four Poles is the Holy Grail of world exploration. In 1998, David Hempleman-Adams became the first man on the planet to do it. In Walking on Thin Ice, the world's most accomplished explorer recounts the final leg of his extraordinary15-year odyssey.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hempleman-Adams's chronicle of his trek to the geographic North Pole‘the one conquest standing between him and the Adventurers' Grand Slam‘strays little from the nuts and bolts of the genre but is chock full of details crucial to surviving arctic conditions. Once again it is proven that even with meticulous planning and years of experience, anything can happen. Writing with the assistance of journalist Uhlig, Hempleman-Adams (Toughing It Out) recounts in daily diary entries the treacherous 600-mile haul across the polar terrain. Battling frostbite, weather and nearly insurmountable snow rubble during an eight-week journey, Hempleman-Adams and his partner, Rune Gjeldnes, forge a strong bond. The high-strung 41-year-old British explorer is yin to the taciturn, 26-year-old, chainsmoking Norwegian Gjeldnes's yang: plodding leader to optimistic sprite. By reaching his goal, Hempleman-Adams became the first man to climb the highest summit in each continent and attain the North and South magnetic and geographical poles. While not the hair-raising ride that Jon Krakauer treated us to, Hempleman-Adams's memoir of this feat offers a vital moment-by-moment primer on teamwork and the limits of physical endurance. 60 color photos; maps. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved