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To Everest Via Antarctica: Climbing Solo on the Highest Peak on Each of the World's Seven Continents

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788166719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788166716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,716,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Adventurer's tale takes us to peaks
To Everest via Antarctica, by Robert M Anderson
Reviewed by the Northern Advocate 27 March 1996

In September 1991, Robert Anderson set out to accomplish a world first - solo ascents of each of the world's seven summits, the tallest peak on each of the world's seven continents.

This book is the story of that quest.

Anderson has an enviable and formidable reputation as a climber.

As a youngster he started his career in Colorado and then spread his activities to the European and New Zealand Alps and to the Himalayas.

Regrettably, it was necessary to include Mt Kosciusko as the Australian summit because it is the highest peak on that continent - at 2230 metres in altitude, the lowest mountain in the world.

That aberration was climbed in appalling weather of ice that nearly defeated his attempt, but when the weather lifted, he made it.

As he comments: "To be beaten by Everest is one thing, but to be beaten by Koscuisco is another."

For the record, he knocked off Kosciusko in one hour and 23 minutes. Not bad at all for an Everest soloist.

His other peaks were Mt Aconcagua (6969 metres) in South America; Mt Kilimanjaro (5894 metres) in Africa; Mt McKinley (6193 metres) in North America; Mt Elbrus (5633 metres) in Europe; Mt Vinson (5140 metres) in Antarctica, and Mt Everest (8048 metres).

But the book is much, much more than bare accounts of ascent.

It is a travelogue, a modern Peaks and Passes combined, as it were, with the late Frank Smythe's classics of the Himalayas and Tilman's unsurpassed accounts of his journeys.

In short, this is an outstanding mountaineering book that compares with the classics of the genre.
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Format: Hardcover
Peak of a climber's career
7 Summits Solo, (Summit, USA) by Robert Mads Anderson
To Everest via Antarctica, Robert Mads Anderson
Reviewed by Neil Nelson, The Evening Standard, Wellington, New Zealand
Saturday, February 24, 1996

Having spent the past 20 years scaling some of the world's most difficult peaks, American-born Aucklander Robert Anderson set himself a new challenge: to climb the highest peak on each of the world's seven continents.

As an added challenge, he elected to climb them solo.

Ultimately, he failed in his bid, with Everest getting the better of him on two separate occasions. But failure to stand on the top of the world's highest peak doesn't diminish
Anderson's achievement or the highly readable accounts he has written of his adventures.

As the price tags would suggest, the two books which have resulted from his seven summits project are totally different.

7 Summits Solo is a large-format, lavishly produced, 160-page volume which includes dozens of superb colour photographs taken by Joe Blackburn during the expedition (Note, nearly all photos in the book are Anderson's).

Anderson's account of the expedition is essentially a précis of the story he tells in To Everest via Antarctica. The 220 page Penguin book (Stackpole Books, USA) contains just a handful of photographs, but includes a far more detailed account of Anderson's adventures.

During the past decade or so, I've read numerous accounts of climbing expeditions: this one rates as one of the best.

Unlike some mountaineers, who feel compelled to describe in minute detail everything they did during the expedition, Anderson concentrates more on the adventures he had actually getting to the mountain.
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