Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Anarctic Survival

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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure in the Antarctic--of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues, and heroic perseverance. This is Douglas Mawson's first-hand account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At the heart of the story is Mawson’s epic sledge journey in 1912-13 during which his companions Ninnis and Mertz both perished. Told in a laconic but gripping narrative, this is a story that all armchair explorers will cherish. Originally ...
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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure in the Antarctic--of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues, and heroic perseverance. This is Douglas Mawson's first-hand account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At the heart of the story is Mawson’s epic sledge journey in 1912-13 during which his companions Ninnis and Mertz both perished. Told in a laconic but gripping narrative, this is a story that all armchair explorers will cherish. Originally published to great acclaim in 1915, this book has been out of print for many years. The Home of the Blizzard is illustrated with over ninety original photographs depicting the wildlife, the harsh living conditions and the spirit of the explorers. With a specially commissioned foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the "world's greatest living explorer," this is a book for anyone interested in adventure and the strength of the human spirit.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312230722
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/3/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 1.36 (d)

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Douglas Mawson died in 1958 and was given a state funeral in Australia, where he was a national hero.

Ranulph Fiennes was the first person to cross Antarctica on foot. He is the author of many books including Mind Over Matter: The Epic Crossing of the Antarctic Continent. He lives in England.
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Table of Contents

Foreword--Ranulph Fiennes
Author's Preface
Preface
Introduction
Plan and Preparation
The Voyage to Macquarie Island
From Macquarie Island to Adelie Land
New Lands
First Days in Adelie Land
Autumn Prospects
The Blizzard
Troglodytes
Domestic Life
Winter Activities
Spring Activities
Across King George Land
Toil and Tribulation
Alone
Southward Over the Plateau
Eastward Over the Sea-Ice
Across Adelie Land--To East and West
The Ship's Story
A Home on the Floating Ice Pack
Winter and Spring in Queen Mary Land
Blocked on the Shelf Ice
Linking up with Kaiser Wilhelm Land
The Second Year
Life on Macquarie Island
A Land of Storm and Mist
Short Commons
The Homeward Cruise
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