Alone on the Ice by David Roberts
The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

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“An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival


On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.



Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”



This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
 

About David Roberts

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David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
 
Published January 28, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 393 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Mountaineer and prolific author Roberts (Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, 2011, etc.) returns with a vivid history of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson (1882–1958) and his 1912 exploration of Antarctica.

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Roberts’ vivid writing and meticulous detail bring this harrowing story of adventure and survival to great, frigid life.

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"Alone on the Ice" is a gripping narrative filled with detail from the diaries of Mawson and other members of the AAE.

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UT San Diego

‘Alone on the Ice’ offers a chilling account of exploration on the most inhospitable continent on earth‘Alone on the Ice’ offers a chilling account of exploration on the most inhospitable con By Doug Williams 12:02 a.m. Jan. 20, 2013

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Now Roberts — an acclaimed American mountaineer and author of many books about climbing, exploration and history — has offered a new look at the man for a new audience.

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