Think South

Think South

How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica

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"An intimate portrait of the remarkable characters and events behind the first non-mechanical crossing of Antarctica"--
"What does it take to move forty dogs, three sleds, twenty tons of food and gear, and six men from all over the world across nearly four thousand of the coldest miles on earth? Cathy de Moll, the executive director of the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, introduces the wild cast of characters who made it happen, on the ice and off: leaders Will Steger and Jean-Louis Etienne, who first met accidentally, on the way to the North Pole; Valery Skatchkov, the Soviet bureaucrat who supplied a "hot" Russian airplane; Yasue Okimoto, who couldn't bear to leave headquarters in Minnesota while her boyfriend was on the ice; Qin Dahe, the Chinese member of the team, who didn't know how to ski; the millions of children who followed the expedition in schools around the world, learning about the fragility and ferocity of the seventh continent; and many others. These stories of near misses and magical coincidences are as suspenseful and compelling as the expedition's headlines--and they have never been told. But they also reflect the greatest lesson of the project: the international cooperation that was needed for the expedition's success is every bit as essential for the preservation of Antarctica today. Cathy de Moll, who has been a teacher, communications executive, writer, and entrepreneur, was the executive director of the International Trans-Antarctica Expedition. Will Steger led the first confirmed dogsled expedition to the North Pole, the first and only traverse of Antarctica by dogsled, and other remarkable expeditions"--
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780873519885
0873519884
Branch Call Number: 919.89 DE MOLL
Characteristics: xv, 282 pages : illustrations, maps , 24 cm.

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weedfish999
Nov 15, 2015

Very dry. I have read many books about arctic and antartic exploring and this was the most boring. It was almost all about fund raising, which is important, but not the way this was written. Don't waste your time.

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IanS_Librarian
Sep 23, 2015

Antarctica is an endlessly fascinating place. It is the home of Carpenter and Russell's "The Thing," and the location of many adventures stories like Shackleton's "Endurance." The story that hit home with me was the race for the South Pole between Amundsen and Scott which was portrayed in a movie, "The Last Place on Earth," I remember seeing as a child. More recently I read Cherry-Garrard's excellent, "Worst Journey in the World," which details the Scott expedition's failure to reach the South Pole and the extreme conditions of the dangerous and brutal Antarctic. "Think South," is an interesting read about the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition - it has a chapter about the each of characters from different countries that made up the expedition. This book does a good job of showing all the planning involved around the logistics of such a complicated endeavor. The skills and leadership of Will Steger are well demonstrated in this book in leading the team, getting the expedition together and bringing it to a successful conclusion.

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