The Resource Blizzard : race to the pole, Jasper Rees; [forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes]

Blizzard : race to the pole, Jasper Rees; [forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes]

Label
Blizzard : race to the pole
Title
Blizzard
Title remainder
race to the pole
Statement of responsibility
Jasper Rees; [forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes]
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In late 1911, the final year of the Edwardian age, a British naval captain and a Norwegian conqueror of the North-West Passage embarked on the most gruelling race ever run. Their aim was not only to lead the first expedition to the South Pole, but also to live to tell the tale. Six months later, Robert Falcon Scott and four of his party were dead, while Roald Amundsen's victory had been wired around the world. A century on, the debate still rages. Was Scott unfortunate or incompetent? Was Amundsen a genius or lucky? In a unique television experiment, two teams led by the Norwegian explorer Rune Gjeldnes and the television anthropologist Bruce Parry, star of the BBC2 series 'Tribe', set out to recreate the famous race. Wearing the same type of clothing as their predecessors, surviving on the same diet, using the same equipment and travelling over the same distance, they seek to answer some of the burning questions. 'Blizzard' is a dramatic chronicle of both the original epic, and its reconstruction. Jasper Rees's narrative skilfully intertwines past and present as he brings to life an extraordinary cast of characters. They may be separated from their predecessors by nearly a hundred years, but the modern race teams soon discover that, in polar travel, nothing changes. Among the hardships they face are uncontrollable dogs, inedible food, invisible crevasses, unimaginable cold, all in an unending prairie of snow. Incorporating the gripping diaries of Parry and Gjeldnes, "Blizzard" paints an astonishing picture of comradeship in the face of physical danger and psychological torment in the most life-threatening habitat on earth
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rees, Jasper
Dewey number
998.90922
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Fiennes, Ranulph
  • Gjeldnes, Rune
  • Parry, Bruce
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Scott, Robert Falcon
  • Amundsen, Roald
  • British National Antarctic Expedition
  • British Antarctic ("Terra Nova") Expedition
  • Historical reenactments
  • Explorers
  • Explorers
  • Antarctica
  • South Pole
Label
Blizzard : race to the pole, Jasper Rees; [forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Incorporates excerpts from the diaries of Bruce Parry and Rune Gjeldnes
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
288 p., [16]p of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780563493266
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports
System control number
(Sirsi) a388184
Label
Blizzard : race to the pole, Jasper Rees; [forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes]
Publication
Note
Incorporates excerpts from the diaries of Bruce Parry and Rune Gjeldnes
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
288 p., [16]p of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780563493266
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports
System control number
(Sirsi) a388184

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