August 17, 2013: “Hold Fast: Tom Crean” book launch

To all my friends, It gives me great pleasure to announce the official launch of my new book Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance, at Florey’s Books in Pacifica. Many of you will be familiar with my earlier book Sailor on Ice about this steadfast Irishman’s adventures in the Antarctic with Robert Scott’s assault … More August 17, 2013: “Hold Fast: Tom Crean” book launch

The race for the South Pole: Amundsen feels the heat

from Amundsen’s recollections, late August 1911 “–I’d give something to know how far Scott is today.– “–Oh, he’s not out yet, bless you!  It’s much too cold for his ponies.– “–Ah, but how do you know they have it as cold as this?  I expect it’s far warmer where they are, among the mountains; and … More The race for the South Pole: Amundsen feels the heat

Amundsen waxes poetic

From Amundsen’s diary August 23, 1911, at Framheim on the Bay of Whales: “I tried to work up a little poetry—’the ever-restless spirit of man’—’the mysterious, awe-inspiring wilderness of ice’—but it was no good; I suppose it was too early in the morning.  I abandoned my efforts, after coming to the conclusion that each sledge … More Amundsen waxes poetic