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With Panoramas, Maps, And Illustrations By The Late
Doctor Edward A. Wilson And Other Members Of The Expedition
IN TWO VOLUMES
The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922) As War and Peace is to novels, so is The Worst Journey in the World to the literature of polar travel: the one to beat. The author volunteered as a young man to go to the Antarctic with Robert Falcon Scott in 1910; that, and writing this book, are the only things of substance he ever did in life. They were enough. The expedition set up camp on the edge of the continent while Scott waited to go for the Pole in the spring. But first, Cherry-Garrard and two other men set out on a midwinter trek to collect emperor penguin eggs. It was a heartbreaker: three men hauling 700 pounds (318 kilograms) of gear through unrelieved darkness, with temperatures reaching 50, 60, and 70 degrees below zero (-46, -51, and -57 degrees Celsius); clothes frozen so hard it took two men to bend them. But Cherry-Garrard's greater achievement was to imbue everything he endured with humanity and even humor. And—as when he describes his later search for Scott and the doomed South Pole team—with tragedy as well. His book earns its preeminent place on this list by captivating us on every level: It is vivid; it is moving; it is unforgettable.
Contents: Volume I Chapter I From England To South Africa Chapter II Making Our Easting Down Chapter III Southward Chapter IV Land Chapter V The Depôt Journey Chapter VI The First Winter Chapter VII The Winter Journey
Volume II Chapter VIII Spring Chapter IX The Polar Journey. I. The Barrier Stage Chapter X The Polar Journey. II. The Beardmore Glacier Chapter XI The Polar Journey. III. The Plateau To 87° 32´ S Chapter XII The Polar Journey. IV. Returning Parties Chapter XIII Suspense Chapter XIV The Last Winter Chapter XV Another Spring Chapter XVI The Search Journey Chapter XVII The Polar Journey. V. The Pole And After Chapter XVIII The Polar Journey. VI. Farthest South Chapter XIX Never Again