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Life on the Ice: No One Goes to Antarctica Alone by Roff Smith

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Life on the Ice: No One Goes to Antarctica Alone by  Roff Smith

Life on the Ice: No One Goes to Antarctica Alone by Roff Smith (Author)
Publisher: National Geographic (February 1, 2005) | ISBN-10: 0792293452 | linked PNG-files | 16 Mb | 224 pages

Bicycling outside Melbourne, Australia, Smith decided to resurrect a childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica. After receiving a writer's grant permitting a seven-week visit, Smith quit his newspaper job, landed a freelance gig with Time, and headed south. Way south to Mawson, one of four year-round bases. What follows is a magical description of Mawson's last days (the base was to be shut down, with a new, huge complex opening nearby). Smith witnesses the final run of a geriatric sled dog team, the very last time dogs would be used in Antarctica, and the base handover ceremony. The trip had faded to a pleasant memory when the author was asked by National Geographic if he would like to spend the summer traveling all around Antarctica–visiting bases and field camps, the South Pole, even spending five weeks on a yacht exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Smith is the most exceptional of travel writers: his portraits of people are deeply sympathetic, while his language is at once lyrical and knowledgeable. Not to be missed. Rebecca Maksel


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