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Who has not wanted to escape the daily grind, to search for life and adventure elsewhere? Australian-born and London-based Pamela Watson had a comfortable, if overworked existence, as a management consultant but yearned for freedom and the adventure. 'That's it!' she thought. 'I'll cycle across Africa!' Join her on this intoxicating journey that began as a search for adventure and turned into a journey of self-discovery. Perplexed by what causes her to choose suffering over comfort, she perseveres and along the way discovers companionship, kindness and compassion, and injustices that burn through the page. Cycling for a year and a half, covering nearly 15,000 kilometres and crossing through seventeen countries, she encountered an Africa rarely reported in the media and experienced first-hand the violent tinderbox of local politics. She discovers women are the backbone of rural Africa and is shocked to learn their responsibilities are not matched by their access to basic human rights. Now in its third edition, Esprit de Battuta: Alone Across Africa on a Bicycle is a must-read for all armchair adventurers, those who are curious about the everyday lives of the people of the rural villages of Africa and those who dare to challenge the status quo.
The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers. A masterpiece of travel writing, The Worst Journey in the World is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration.
As Capt. Lorenzo Sitgreaves set out in 1851 to explore the southern portion of the Four Corners region (won in the recent war with Mexico), his party included Dr. Samuel Woodhouse, a thirty-year-old physician and naturalist who kept a journal of their travels from New York to California. Woodhouse recorded three weeks in San Antonio, made daily entries across the Trans-Pecos, and, after a hiatus in Santa Fe, resumed his journal on the march to Zui Pueblo. Midway into their three weeks at Zui, he nearly died from a rattlesnake bite and was scarcely recovered when the explorers again started west. The largest part of Woodhouses journal concerns Captain Sitgreaves reconnaissance for a wagon road westward from Zui to the Colorado River of the West. It also records a perilous, starving descent of that untamed river to the Yuma Crossing. The doctors entries grew with scientific curiosity and increasing concern for finding water and meeting hostile natives. His extensive notes on plants and animals were part of the first effort to describe and map what is now northern Arizona. His diaries also provide the first detailed description of the Walapai and Mohave peoples the explorers encountered. Sam Woodhouse's private journal is published here for the first time. Although the basic facts of the Sitgreaves expedition have long been known, the journal adds much detail and great depth to the story, allowing the editors to draw credible conclusions about natural science and Southwestern exploration in the mid-nineteenth century. The color plates reproduce some of the earliest chromolithography done in the United States.
Most explorers are famous for their successes and triumphs, but Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton never met his ultimate goal of crossing the Antarctic continent. Instead, he is best known for an expedition that took a horrible turn for the worse. In January 1915, as Shackleton and his crew of 27 men sailed the Endurance through the pack ice of the Weddell Sea, the temperature suddenly plummeted. The slushy water surrounding the ship froze into a solid block of ice, trapping Endurance in the frozen sea. Slowly, the pressure from the moving ice floes crushed Endurance and pulled it down to a watery grave, marooning the men hundreds of miles from land. In an astonishing tale of survival, Shackleton led his men through more than 850 miles of the South Atlantic's treacherous seas. Never giving up hope for rescue and overcoming the worst of obstacles, he managed to miraculously save all 27 of his men.
'I will go no further', William Niven's Indian guide declared. 'Beyond on every ridge, as far as you can see is all a part of one great City of the Dead...the gods will permit no man to go further and from here I return'. Niven, however, did continue on and discovered a remarkable expanse of ruins in the rugged state of Guerrero along Mexico's western coast. During the early 1890s, Niven's explorations were sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. Later, he continued to explore on his own. His photographs, letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts are now the only source of information on many sites that were later destroyed by grave robbers, neglect, and the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution in 1911. His later discovery of twenty-six hundred inscribed stone tablets in the Valley of Mexico aroused considerable controversy, and inspired James Churchward to put forth an occult interpretation of the origins of the Native Americans in The Lost Continent of Mu (1926). They remain controversial to this day. The writer Katherine Anne Porter frequented Niven's excavations in the Valley of Mexico and based her first published short story, Mara Concepcin , on her experiences there. She would write that the 'Old Man never carried a gun, never locked up his money, sat on political dynamite and human volcanoes and never bothered to answer his slanderers. He bore a charmed life. Nothing would ever happen to him'. Niven was planning a book about his experiences, but was unable to complete it because of ill health. Buried Cities, Forgotten Gods is based upon his surviving manuscripts and personal papers.
Inspiring accounts of remarkable adventures and scientific discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of our world and tested the limits of human endurance. This is a collection of trailblazing journeys into the unknown that have had a profound effect on our understanding of the world, transformed the way we live and inspired generations. Each short chapter will focus on a groundbreaking journey and the scientific endeavour that made it possible, from the new navigational instruments used to discover a new country or hidden city, to the advances in engineering that have made it possible for us to explore the depths of the ocean, to the rocket science that has propelled us into space. From the moon to Mount Everest, this is a book about adventure, our thirst for knowledge and pushing the limits of human endurance.
This is a book about expedition, adventure, our thirst for knowledge and pushing the limits of human endurance. From the navigational instruments that have led us through unknown lands, to the advanced engineering that carried us into the depths of the ocean, to the rocket science that propelled us into space, science and adventure have always been inextricably linked. Both are at the heart of everything we now know about the complex universe we find ourselves in. From the groundbreaking sea voyage in 1735 that settled the debate raging between Descartes and Newton about the shape of the earth to the balloon ride that led to the discovery of cosmic rays, we have pushed the limits of what's possible, both on our planet and beyond the clouds. The Little Book of Big Explorations is a collection of some of the most daring and eye-opening adventures in history that have changed the way we view the world, as well as a look at what's still to be discovered. Our insatiable curiosity has driven our survival as a species and can be charted through the centuries by these incredible voyages of discovery.
David Attenborough's accounts of his famous 'Quests' have been immensely popular. His latest book is as compelling as any, rich in anecdote, extremely readable, and about a wild, remote and beautiful land, little known even to Australians themselves. The Northern Territory of Australia is vast- although it is no more than one-sixth of Australia, it is six times the size of the British Isles. Yet it has a total population of a mere 37,000. The Tropic of Capricorn runs close to its southern boundary across a desert of naked rock peaks and ochre-red sands. Its northern coasts, a thousand miles away, are rimmed with mangrove swamps and desolate valleys haunted by wallabies, cockatoos and huge flocks of water birds. On his four-months' journey through this desolate and fascinating country David Attenborough spent much of his time observing these and many other creatures that make this part of Australia such an intriguing place for a naturalist- birds that collect white snail-shells and quartz crystals as though they were jewels and build a special arena in which to display them; lizards that run on their hind legs like miniature dinosaurs and have a great flap of skin around the neck which can be erected like an Elizabethan ruff; immense herds of buffalo which, first imported to the Territory over a century ago as beasts of burden, have now run wild and multiplied to become the most dangerous creatures in the bush through which they roam. The author's descriptions of these animals make fascinating reading, but so also do his accounts of the diverse people he met: a man who paints his body with human blood and is preparing to vote in government elections; a solitary gold prospector who, after thirty years of fruitless search in the scorching desert, believes that to find gold would be a disaster; an artist living in a bark shelter with a few possessions other than a knife and a loin-cloth, whose paintings sell for high prices in cities two thousand miles away. David Attenborough writes vividly and wittily about these encounters, as well as describing such subjects as the ancient rock-paintings he examined that show men and women, hunting scenes and animals, all in startling symbolic design, which in many cases parallel the first drawings mankind ever made in the prehistoric caves of Europe; a secret tribal ceremony he witnessed that brings those taking part into communion with the gods of Dreamtime; and how the aborigines survive in the empty desert which, in spite of its apparent barrenness, provides them with all they need.
Calling wild girls everywhere! Helen Skelton - adventurer, world-record breaker and TV presenter - brings you her inspirational guide to getting outdoors and having incredible adventures. From kayaking the length of the Amazon to cycling to the South Pole and running an ultra-marathon across the Namib desert, the Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has taken on record-breaking feats of endurance and shown that adventures definitely are for girls. Helen shares six stories of her most daring adventures across some of the world's most extreme wildernesses, explaining how she embraced her fears and found the positives in the toughest situations. Alongside her inspirational tales are ideas for where readers can find their own wild adventures closer to home and accounts of the real-life wild girls who inspire her.
How does the human mind transform space into place, or land into landscape? For more than three decades, William L. Fox has looked at empty landscapes and the role of the arts to investigate the way humans make sense of space. In Terra Antarctica, Fox continues this line of inquiry as he travels to the Antarctic, the largest and most extreme desert on earth. This contemporary travel narrative interweaves artistic, cartographic, and scientific images with anecdotes from the author's three-month journey in the Antarctic to create an absorbing and readable narrative of the remote continent. Through its images, history, and firsthand experiences snowmobile trips through whiteouts and his icy solo hikes past the edge of the mapped world Fox brings to life a place that few have seen and offers us a look into both the nature of landscape and ourselves.
Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic, the most famous story of exploration in the world, played out on the great ice stage in the south. Oriana Wilson, wife of Scott's best friend and fellow explorer Dr Edward Wilson, was watching from the wings. She is the missing link between many of the notable polar names of the time and was allowed into a man's world at a time when the British suffragettes were marching. Oriana is the lens through which their secrets are revealed. What really happened both in the Antarctic and at home? Why did Scott's Terra Nova expedition nearly end in mutiny before it had even begun? Were the explorers' diaries as 'heroic' as they appeared to be? Only Oriana can tell. She began as a dutiful housewife but emerged as a scientist and collector in her own right, and was the first white woman to venture into the jungles of Darwin, Australia. Edward Wilson named Oriana Ridge, a little-known piece of Antarctica, after her on their tenth wedding anniversary. Oriana Wilson has been quiet for a century, but this biography gives her a voice and provides a unique insight into the early twentieth century through her clear, blue 'iceberg eyes'.