By: Gareth Wood with Eric Jamieson
Pub: Horsdal & Schubart
2nd Edition - 2000
Paperback: 226 pages
Size (roughly): 5" x 7" x 3/4"
Unlike Robert F. Scott's 1911-12 Antarctica expedition, this trek to the bottom of the world ended with success and survival. Roger Mear, Robert Swan, and Canadian Gareth Wood overcame 9000 feet of altitude and 900 miles of frozen barriers en route to the South Pole without dogs, radios, mechanical support or caches of food. In tribute to their British predecessor they used Scott's journals and named their expedition "In the Footsteps of Scott."
Together, Mear, Swan and Wood hauled over 1000 pounds of survival gear and monitored their progress daily against Scott's log. Their epic struggle tested these self-assured individuals and taught them the value of co-operation and teamwork in the face of disaster.
For Gareth Wood, the day they finally reached the Pole was more the beginning of a new journey than the end of his quest. The ship that was to have collected the team was crushed in the ice. Not only did Wood survive another year in the Antartic, he lived to describe the horrific attack by a savage leopard seal.
Gareth and co-author Eric Jamieson deliver adventure on a grand scale, framed by giant glaciers and rarely seen mountains. It is a tribute to personal achievement against astonishing odds.
"Gareth uses the benefit of ten long years of reflection and the perspectives of hindsight to tell a great story with insight and a shrewd eye for psychology. I highly recommend his book to anyone who enjoys true adventure and a hard-won personal account of an epic struggle." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
"Adventure always brings out the best and worst in people, but rarely is this so honestly and sensitively told." - Lincoln Hall, Mountaineer and Author
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