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Shackleton: The Polar Journeys incorporating the Heart of the Antarctic and South

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This Omnibus Edition combines Heart of the Antarctic and South, Ernest Shackleton's personal accounts of his polar expeditions. Heart of the Antarctic is the story of his polar expedition of 1907-1909, part of his never-ending quest to reach the South Pole. On this, his first expedition in sole charge, he came agonisingly close to achieving his dream. However, appalling weather conditions, together with the necessity of reaching his ship before it had to flee the advancing pack-ice, forced him to abandon his goal...
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Overview

This Omnibus Edition combines Heart of the Antarctic and South, Ernest Shackleton's personal accounts of his polar expeditions. Heart of the Antarctic is the story of his polar expedition of 1907-1909, part of his never-ending quest to reach the South Pole. On this, his first expedition in sole charge, he came agonisingly close to achieving his dream. However, appalling weather conditions, together with the necessity of reaching his ship before it had to flee the advancing pack-ice, forced him to abandon his goal in a breathtaking race against time. With photographs taken on the expedition by Douglas Mawson, and numerous maps and diagrams, this is a fascinating record of one of the most daring feats of exploration of all time. This is the only complete edition available.

South is Shackleton's account of a journey that began in August 1914 with high hopes of a first in exploration and ended two years later in a desperate struggle for survival, after the expedition's ship, the Endurance, was first trapped in sea-ice, then crushed. Shackleton, with a handful of his party, braved the fury of the South Atlantic as they made their desperate 800-mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia aboard the James Caird. This small boat - just over twenty feet long - was pitted against the fury of the southern ocean. The survival of the entire expedition was hinged on this last gamble ...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903464267
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Preface to the Original Edition xi
Introduction to the Original Edition: South Polar Exploration in the Last Hundred Years xv
List of Illustrations xxxv
1 The Inception and Preparation of the Expedition 1
2 The Staff 19
3 The First Stage 24
4 Lyttelton to the Antarctic Circle 28
5 The Attempt to Reach King Edward VII Land 46
6 The Selection of Winter Quarters 55
7 The Landing of Stores and Equipment 66
8 A Blizzard: The Departure of the Nimrod 81
9 Around the Winter Quarters: Completion of the Hut 88
10 First Days in Winter Quarters 94
11 Sledging Equipment, Ponies and Dogs 100
12 The Conquest of Mount erebus 112
13 Results of the Erebus Journey 126
14 Life and Work in Winter Quarters 132
15 The Polar Night 142
16 Spring Sledging Journeys 146
17 Southern Depot Journey 154
18 Preparation for the Southern Journey 161
19 First Days of the Southern March 169
20 Steady Progress: The Sighting of New Land 180
21 Beyond All Former Footsteps 191
22 On the Great Glacier 201
23 On the Plateau to the Furthest South 211
24 The Return March 224
25 The Final Stage 234
26 Some Notes on the Southern Journey 239
27 Summer at the Winter Quarters 252
28 Return of the Nimrod 263
29 The Bluff Depot Journey 270
30 The Western Journey 276
31 Professor David's Narrative 283
32 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 296
33 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 308
34 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 319
35 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 330
36 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 342
37 Professor David's Narrative (cont.) 352
38 Professor David's Narrative (concluded) 366
39 All Aboard: The Return to New Zealand 376
Epilogue 383
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