At The Mercy of the Wind: Two Remarkable Journeys to the North Pole: A Modern Hero and A VictorianRomance

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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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Overview

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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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 Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780593047477
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 7/24/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

In 1998, David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to complete the explorers’ Grand Slam, a challenge which has seen him conquer the North, South and Magnetic Poles and scale the highest mountain in each of the seven continents, including Everest.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Thoroughly enjoyable true life adventure

    This is an true life adventure by a man who is determined, patient and a true adventure hero for today. He had dreams and made them come true with determination thru expreience.

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