The Crossing of Antarctica, The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58
London: Cassell, (1958). Illustrated with ninety-three black and white and some color photos. Book is in fine condition. / Dust jacket is crisp with only one half inch tear and a small stain on back panel. Slightly ruffled bottom edge and spine is a little sunned. Item #675
On 24 November, 1957, twelve men set out from Shackleton Base equipped with eight vehicles, sledges and two dog teams to cross more than two thousand miles of unexplored snow and ice. In front of them lay unknown mountain ranges and an ice wall; there were vast areas in which innumerable crevasses, hidden by thin layers of snow, threatened to engulf the vehicles as the snow coverings collapsed. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Antarctic continent Sir Edmund Hillary probed the immense Skelton Glacier from the Ross Sea, and blazed a trail for the crossing party to follow after they had reached the Pole. This book is the full story told by the leader of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition and by Sir Edmund Hillary, leader of the New Zealand support party.