David Roberts

discusses

Alone on the Ice:
The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

Date

Feb
12
Tuesday
February 12, 2013
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome award-winning author DAVID ROBERTS for a discussion of his latest book, Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration.

His two companions dead, food and supplies vanished in a crevasse, Douglas Mawson was still one hundred miles from camp.

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.

David Roberts
David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts is an avid climber and the author of more than twenty books, among them On the Ridge Between Life and Death, the New York Times bestseller No Shortcuts to the Top (with Ed Viesturs), and The Mountain of My Fear, which was named to National Geographic Adventure's list of the 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic, Men's Journal, and Smithsonian. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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