Adventure, Exploration and Establishing Scott BaseBook - 2018
Sior Edmund Hillary's exploits in Antarctica include the riveting story of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition and the establishment of Scott Base. Written by Nigel Watson of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, and illustrated with Jane Ussher's stunning photographs, plus historic images and never-before-seen ephemera and diary entries, this is the first book that fully documents and celebrates Ed Hillary's contribution to Antarctic history. Hillary and the New Zealand team were supposed to be a support act to the British Commonwealth Antarctic crossing party. By heading on to the South Pole and reaching it before the crossing party, Hillary exceeded the brief. His actions created tensions, unleashed a media storm and denied the British an historic first overland to the South Pole since Captain Scott. Hillary even had the audacity to achieve the feat with three farm tractors. In doing so, Sir Edmund Hillary added another fascinating chapter to the exploration annals of Antarctica and he, and his expedition team, laid the foundations for New Zealand's continuous, and increasingly important, presence in Antarctica.
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Allen & Unwin, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 919.89 WAT
Characteristics: 240 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm