Life On The Ice: No One Goes To Antarctica Alone
04 May 2013, 13:58
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Bicycling outside Melbourne, Australia, Smith decided to resurrect a childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica. After receiving a writer's grant permitting a seven-week visit, Smith quit his newspaper job, landed a freelance gig with Time, and headed south. Way south to Mawson, one of four year-round bases. What follows is a magical description of Mawson's last days (the base was to be shut down, with a new, huge complex opening nearby). Smith witnesses the final run of a geriatric sled dog team, the very last time dogs would be used in Antarctica, and the base handover ceremony.
The trip had faded to a pleasant memory when the author was asked by National Geographic if he would like to spend the summer traveling all around Antarctica--visiting bases and field camps, the South Pole, even spending five weeks on a yacht exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Smith is the most exceptional of travel writers: his portraits of people are deeply sympathetic, while his language is at once lyrical and knowledgeable. Not to be missed.
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