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Crossing Antarctica Paperback – March 2, 2010

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YA-- Armchair adventure in the truest sense. In July of 1989, American explorer Will Steger and an international team of five others set out to cross Antarctica by skis and dogsled. It took 220 days to travel 3700 miles under the most adverse conditions imaginable. Crossing Antarctica is the story of that journey as told through Steger's diaries. His account is introspective, vividly descriptive, and punctuated with moments of pathos. He explains the logistics from the inception of the idea down to who sleeps in which tent and the details of daily life on the expedition. This book helps readers understand this vast continent and the necessity to preserve and protect its fragile environment.
- Susan B. McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story of the first transverse of Antarctica by dogsled and ski, a 4000-mile, seven-month (July 1989-March 1990) journey by an expedition of six men from six different countries, is told in expanded journal form by co-leader Steger. His team survived whiteouts, crevasses, 100F windchill, erratic supplies, a pregnant sled dog, a monotonous diet, a hostile National Science Foundation, frostbite and runny noses, and were rewarded by magnificent scenery and a sense of personal and scientific accomplishment. This above-average polar account keeps the reader moving along with the hardy six. Steger and Bowermaster also coauthored Saving the Earth ( LJ 4/15/90). For public libraries.
- J.F. Husband, Framingham State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897328965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897328968
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Connie TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When we read about explorers who planned an almost eight-month trip across 3700 miles of Antarctica we think of white-out conditions, super-cold temperatures, monotony and long, grueling hours basically doing the same thing day in, day out. That is exactly what Will Seger documents in this journal he maintained of his 1989-1990 trip across the 7th continent with five other people.

A French, Chinese, Russian, English and Japanese teammate made this quite an interesting international team, although the writer does not go into great details of their personalities. (He later admits that the language barrier kept them from knowing more about each other.) If there is one flaw to this book it's that the other team mates weren't portrayed in great detail. We only get short sketches of the other players.

From an armchair reader, nothing exciting truly happens. The sky is either blue or white. The dogs are either resting or running across ice-packed snow. Conversations are minimal and time alone excruciating. The most depressing event is the death of one of the dogs, but by the time that happens it is expected. And then later a female dog goes into heat and gets pregnant...

This book is still a good read because one thing Seger does well in this book is talk about the human psyche. What does he and his mates think about all these months? What does one do alone in a tent with wet gear around you? How do the dogs handle the "adventure?" How does one spend the time day in, day out in the middle of nowhere? What goes through one's mind? What is the one thing a human misses the most in such a desolate place? And what pieces of equipment should one never leave home without while on such an endeavor?

Yes, it got boring at times.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Despite what others might say, this book is about an adventure. Doing the unthinkable and something that no one has done before is by it's very nature an adventure. Others may have you believe that unless something catastrophic happens it is not an adventure, but usually bad things happen from lack of proper planning. Don't discount Steger as a true adventurer simply because he is smart! People who have done a fractional amount of the exploration Will Steger has should appreciate this book. However, if your idea of adventure is sliding a little closer to the fire in your stocking feet while you read about some blokes misfortune via improper planning then read another book.
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Fascinating account of the trip across Antarctica. Provides a glimpse into the mind and character of an adventurer with a vision and a will to complete a daunting trek. Steger never really wavered in spite of incredibly awful weather and unreliable support. Our book club really enjoyed reading and discussing this book.
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This was written by two top-rate adventurers and, while the subject matter may not be for everyone, it kept me captivated. The writing style was easy to read yet very literary, and much better that I thought that two outdoor individuals would produce. I thoroughly enjoyed the book which gave me a new perspective on the need to preserve Antarctica as much as humanly possible.
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After meeting Will and hearing him lecture on climate change and his experiences witnessing it first hand I could not help but pick up his book about the trip across Antarctica. It turned out to be an amazing portrait of determination and love for the planet. To be able to spend months living in these conditions on the behalf of science is dedication. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the natural planet and the adventure it holds.
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I thought the book was fantastic. It shows how one person who shares a dream with a diverse group of people can make a huge difference in the world. I found it to be motivational and it gave me confidence in the human spirit. Loved it!!
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