Riding the Ice Wind: By Kite and Sledge Across Antarctica

Riding the Ice Wind: By Kite and Sledge Across Antarctica

by Alastair Vere Nicoll
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Riding the Ice Wind: By Kite and Sledge Across Antarctica by Alastair Vere Nicoll

Leaving the security of friends, work, and a wife, Alastair Vere Nicoll joined a team of young men to harness the katabatic winds and haul and kite-surf across Antarctica: the coldest, windiest, most violent continent on earth. Not since Shackleton nearly perished attempting the same thing in his Endurance expedition had such a crossing been attempted. This is the story not only of the first West-to-East traverse of the continent of Antarctica, but of the crossing of two phases in the author’s life—from youth into manhood,  fantasy into reality. It is also the story of a race against time, as he fought to get home for the birth of his first child. As Alastair battled through the freezing wastes, exploring the earth’s wildest continent and his deepest self, he was haunted by the ghosts of past explorers and by the question of what it is to be a “modern man.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848853065
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alastair Vere Nicoll is the investment director at Berkley Energy. He studied English Literature at Oxford University where he was awarded an undergraduate scholarship and a double first class degree. He lives in London.

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