Thursday, July 15, 2010

Great Summer Read: Endurance


If anyone is looking for the perfect adventure story to read this summer, try Alfred Lansing's 1959 classic (the 1999 2nd edition is widely available) Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.
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It is an absolutely fascinating account of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition that went horribly wrong. Lansing wrote the book after interviewing and researching diaries of the majority of the expedition's members. It's a tough one to put down.
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“For scientific discovery, give me Scott. For speed and efficiency of travel, give me Amundsen. But when disaster strikes and all hope is lost, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”
–Sir Raymond Priestley

8 comments:

Derrick said...

I've got to finish K2 first!...reading, not climbing :)

David said...

I'm still looking for Mallory. I'll wave to you on K2.

Sara said...

Interesting how we're all hanging out in such cold places.

JD said...

Funny you should say that bout cold, I just bought (and watched) the "Yukon Actic Ultra" DVD.

Derrick said...

A little early planning for next winter JD? ;)

JD said...

I just find it refreshing to think about snow!

Sara said...

JD, how is the DVD?

JD said...

Sara: It's not bad. I enjoyed it.