This honest, terrifying as well as humorous account of travelling and working in the magnificence of Antarctica will allow the reader to visualize and feel the harshness and beauty of the great white continent.The main body of the book is the diary account of a two-person deep field research trip. This is about being out in the remote mountains and glaciers facing up to extreme adversity in the coldest place on the planet while retaining one’s sense of humour; the psychology of spending time tent-bound in extreme isolation with just one other person and an honest reflection at the sad moments while being in a storm-bound tent, dwelling on life back in England. There is humour throughout, and the real and honest fear that one feels when in truly dire situations hundreds of miles from safety. The opening chapters look at the author's six-week ocean journey from England to Antarctica on the research ship ‘The RRS John Biscoe’.
I loved reading about Antarctica and its explorers since I was a child and my cousin was stationed to Little America with the navy.
I recently read a very interesting article in Smithsonian magazine entitled "Nightmare on the Ice". With this in mind, I read "Working at the end of the World".
This book tells about the first trip of Con Curtis to Antarctica and working on the Dyer Plateau.
One section reminded me of a story my cousin told me about crossing the equator for the first time.
There are many interesting humorous anecdotes and well as serious work and travel.
There are also great photos.
I look forward to reading about the author's second journey there.
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