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Racing with Death: Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer Hardcover – August 18, 2008
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Another thing it makes you ponder is just how many skills the men on these expeditions had as opposed to most modern men. I’ve no desire to eat puppies or learn how to pull a sledge across a glacier, nor how to build a hut (even if it was pre-fabricated prior to the expedition) nor am I fussed on the discerning the finer points of survival biscuits but the general ‘handiness’ of the men on this expedition, the way they had to be able to do so many physical things such as basic carpentry, how to butcher animals and the like does make one realise how few people nowadays could come close to the level of survival skills displayed by almost all the chaps on these expeditions.
And while I’m pondering the (im)ponderables another thing that struck a chord with me in relation to this book was the way there were still so many parts of the worlds surface remaining to be explored up until only a century ago. There were still places of such size and untouched wildness that men such as this could still find a way of making a name for themselves.Read more ›
A fine read. Like many heroes, his later years deteriorated into squabbles about money and bragging rights, but even that was fascinating!