by Will Steger (Author) and Jon Bowermaster (Author)
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In March 1990 Will Steger completed what no man had ever before attempted: the crossing of Antarctica on foot. Lured by the challenge and the beauty of Earth's last great wilderness, and determined to focus the world's attention on the frozen continent now that its ecological future hangs in the balance Steger and his International Trans-Antarctic team had performed an extraordinary feat of endurance: 3,741 miles in 221 days, surviving the most brutal weather (wind chills of -150 degrees, winds raging beyond one hundred miles per hour), traversing plains of ice riddled with deep and deadly crevasses and mountain ranges as high as 11,400 feet.
School Library Journal Review
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, VACopyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.