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At the mercy of the winds
Hempleman-Adams, David, 1956-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Bantam, [2001]

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xiii, 315 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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G680 .H46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the story of how David Hempleman-Adams undertook a 1600 mile journey to the North Pole by balloon in an open-air wicker basket. He revisits the trip that inspired him--an ill-fated Swedish expedition in 1897 that had a doomed love affair at the heart of its tale.

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Library Journal Review

When an obsessed adventurer adds to his list of accomplishments a balloon journey to the North Pole, there must be a story worth telling. When an equally obsessed adventurer attempts the same feat more than a century earlier, the contrast of the two experiences insures a riveting read. In July 1897, Norwegian Salomon Andree, accompanied by Nils Strindberg and Knut Frankel, headed for the North Pole only to crash three days later and then spend the next two and a half months trekking over polar ice in a vain attempt to survive. Inspired by this ill-fated expedition, Englishman Hempleman-Adams, whose previous heroic exploits have been documented in Walking on Thin Ice and Toughing It Out, set out to reach the North Pole by balloon in May 2000. The solo flight lasted just a week and ended in triumph. In this detailed account, Hempleman-Adams tells the stories of both journeys and includes original photographs and documents from the Swedish expedition. Strindberg's ill-fated love story, which plays a prominent part in the early adventure, is perhaps given too much attention. Furthermore, neither Hempleman-Adams nor Andree are particularly symphathetic characters. However, the book is filled with fascinating details that make up for these weaknesses. Recommended for most libraries. Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.