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HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS, David. Walking on Thin Ice : In Pursuit of the North Pole.With Robert Uhlig. (London) : Orion Books, (1998). First UK Printing. Pp. [i]-x,(4),-271,(3), + 24 p. of colour plates. Illustrated. 8vo, red cloth with silver lettering to spine. "In early March 1998, David Hempleman-Adams set off on a 600 mile journey which would take him into the record booksas one of the most successful all-round adventurers the world has ever see n. Facing wind-chill down to minus 90 centigrade, he man-hauled his sledge to the North Pole across the constantly shifting ice of the frozen Arctic Ocean. He knew that if he succeeded he would be the first person to completethe explorers' Grand Slam, a challenge which has seen him conquer the Nort h and South Magnetic Poles, become the first Briton to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole, and scale the highest mountain in each of the seven continents, including Everest. Having stood on the roof of the world, he was determined to reach the top of the globe. This is the story of his all-or-nothing attempt to end a 15-year odyssey. He explains the obsession thatdrives him to explore the most inhospitable environment known to man, in w hich he is under constant threat of ravenous polar bears and almost certainfrostbite. 'Walking on Thin Ice' includes David Hempleman-Adams' personal diary entries and radio messages to base, and recounts his day-by-day account of the preparations, training and torturous trek to the Pole. Including extensive photographs, diagrams and maps, this is a frank and extraordinarystory of heroic feat and fearless endeavour by a truly remarkable man." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. All Roads Lead North: The Route to the Grand Slam; 2. Learning Lessons the Hard Way: Last Days of the 1997 North Pole Expedition; 3. Be Prepared: Getting Ready for North Pole 1998; 4. A Shockto the System: The Departure; 5. The Agony of the Arctic: The First Week; 6. Hot Juice and Cold Days: The Second Week; 7. Warm at Last: The Third Week; 8. The Big Lead and Other Disasters: The Fourth Week; 9. Running on Empty: The Fifth Week; 10. The Last Resupply: The Sixth Week; 11. Stepping It Up: The Seventh Week; 12. Top of the World: The Eighth Week; 13. Long Walk Home: Family Reunion. With index and appendices. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00
Title: Walking on Thin Ice : In Pursuit of the North Pole. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Orion Books, London, 1998, ISBN:0752817973:
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