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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird
On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions - and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure - and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. In Over the Edge of the World, prizewinning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorer would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.
Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea
Ashcraft, Tami Oldham
The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest). “An inspirational and empowering read.”—Shailene Woodley Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiancé Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami’s hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn’t anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight. Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It’s a tale of love and survival on the high seas-- an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.
Walking the Amazon
In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.
Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging
John Kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher – as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea.With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids – in essence, everyone.John's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape – days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
Since Jaws scared a nation of moviegoers out of the water three decades ago, great white sharks have attained a mythical status as the most frightening and mysterious monsters to still live among us. Each fall, just twenty-seven miles off the San Francisco coast, in the waters surrounding a desolate rocky island chain, the world's largest congregation of these fearsome predators gathers to feed. Journalist Susan Casey first saw the great whites of the Farallones in a television documentary. Within months, she was sitting with the program's two scientists in a small motorboat as the sharks - some as long as twenty feet, as wide as a semitrailer - circled around them. From this first encounter, Casey became obsessed with these awe-inspiring creatures, and a plan was hatched for her to join the scientists and follow their research. The Devil's Teeth is the riveting account of that one fateful shark season. An exhilarating adventure story, The Devil's Teeth offers a glimpse into a violent, uncivilized world ruled by natures most powerful and mysterious predators, a world where man is neither wanted nor needed.
Camp: Stories and Itineraries for Sleeping Under the Stars
Pitch a tent and unroll your sleeping bag in some of the most secluded campsites on Earth. With tales from the trail, arresting images, and helpful instruction, this wild guide reveals what calls people to camp: under all the gear, it’s as much about living off the grid as it is about the thrill of staying alive. Whether you love car camping with kids, rock climbing with friends, or roughing it solo in a lean-to, you’ll find there’s always somewhere new to explore—even if it's just in your backyard.Inside you'll find:• Interviews with expert campers, adventurers, basecampers, and alpinists• Hundreds of captivating photographs of sites and set-ups around the world• How-tos that cover choosing a tent, building a fire, making coffee, and more
Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging
John Kretschmer is sailing’s practical philosopher--as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder about the good life waiting at sea.With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, Kretschmer's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize, as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids--in essence, everyone.Kretschmer's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice on seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, offshore, where we find a place where time changes shape--days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to experience. In Sailing to the Edge of Time, Kretschmer shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure
From Peru to Berlin to Morocco, Dame Traveler celebrates the diversity and bravery of solo women travelers who are not afraid to think (and trek) outside the box, with more than two hundred breathtaking photographs from their journeys to all seven continents.
Discover breathtaking destinations. Have amazing adventures. Capture stunning photos.Have you ever wanted to eat breakfast with a giraffe in Kenya? Or watch the sun rise from a Jacuzzi in the Philippines? Or ride a Vespa along the Amalfi Coast? Dream no more! Turn your fantasies into Instagram-worthy photos with help from Aggie Lal (@Aggie), one of the pre-eminent Instagram travel influencers.Pack your bags and grab your passport as Aggie takes you on a journey to her favorite places in the world. She'll share the best times to travel, what to do for fun in each locale, and, of course, how to recreate some of her beautiful photos. You'll also learn what you need to take with you, how to navigate cultural differences, and how to make the most of each experience.InstaStyle showed you how to create an amazing Instagram feed. Now InstaTravel can help you fill your feed with amazing photos that look just like those featured on @Aggie. Enjoy this trip to potential Instagram fame—with Aggie Lal as your tour guide.
Find Your Adventure: A Journal for Exploring Home & Away
Whether you’re embarking on an epic trip, starting a new phase of life, or looking to kickstart your curiosity, this illustrated guided journal is sure to rouse your sense of adventure. Take it along on short jaunts around your hometown or tuck it into your suitcase on fantastic trips abroad! Brimming with prompts that encourage you to break out of a rut and take a fresh look at your surroundings, Find Your Adventure is tailor made for exploring the world around you. Each of the four chapters centers around a different type of adventuring, so you can skip around and choose activities that fit your mood. Discover new locales as you map your day’s route in the Wandering chapter, pay attention to overlooked details as you compose a poem with street names in the Noteworthy chapter, get in touch with your feelings as you list what made you smile in the Authentic chapter, and be bold and outgoing as you photograph intriguing people in the Daring chapter. Beautiful details like a grain-embossed cover, foil stamping, and ribbon markers make the journal an ideal keepsake to remember all your adventures by.
Through stunning images, acclaimed photographer Rick Smolan tells the astounding story of Robyn Davidson, who crossed the desolate Australian outback accompanied only by four camels and a dog. Now, Davidson's exhilarating wilderness adventure is about to become a major motion picture, and this remarkable volume presents both Smolan's original photographs along with those from the upcoming movie. As an exciting bonus, the book incorporates Aurasma technology that enables readers to point their smart devices at one of the pictures from the original journey and then watch that scene as it is brought to life in the movie.
Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style
A girl with a love for off-the-beaten-path destinations, fashion maven Andi Eaton found herself putting aside the Lonely Planet and Condé Nast Traveler guides and, instead, looking to bohemians and artists for travel and style inspiration: What do the flower children wear on their excursions? Where are the creatives’ favorite vintage shops? And where do the musicians go late-night dancing after the last encore? The dreamer in her wanted more than what a standard travel guide could offer, so she decided to create her own.Wanderful is a stylish lookbook and travelogue for the adventurous and nomadic at heart. Follow in Andi’s footsteps as she travels the United States to discover some of its most effortlessly chic destinations—and the fashionable free spirits and wanderers who live there. Nine intimate and exciting road trip routes explore cities, forests, and in between, and will make you feel like you’re traipsing the country with your best, and best-dressed, girlfriends by your side. Every route features a peek into the closets of area tastemakers, and many routes lead to favorite trendy destinations, including Joshua Tree, New Orleans, Marfa, and Santa Fe. Throughout, there are photos, stories, and recommendations for where to shop, dine, and find music and fun, just like a local.Perfect for anyone with a wandering spirit, Wanderful will make you want to pack a cute bag, throw on your best outfit, and hit the road for a stylish adventure.
Antarctica's Lost Aviator: The Epic Adventure to Explore the Last Frontier on Earth
The astonishing voyage of the first solo crossing of Antarctica by the unlikeliest of arctic explorers.By the 1930s, no one had yet crossed Antarctica, and its vast interior remained a mystery frozen in time. Hoping to write his name in the history books, wealthy American Lincoln Ellsworth announced he would fly across the unexplored continent. And to honor his hero, Wyatt Earp, he would carry his gun belt on the flight. The main obstacles to Ellsworth’s ambition were numerous: he didn’t like the cold, he avoided physical work, and he couldn’t navigate. Consequently, he hired the experienced Australian explorer, Sir Hubert Wilkins, to organize the expedition on his behalf.
While Ellsworth battled depression and struggled to conceal his homosexuality, Wilkins purchased a ship, hired a crew, and ordered a revolutionary new airplane constructed. The Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expeditions became epics of misadventure, as competitors plotted to beat Ellsworth, pilots refused to fly, crews mutinied, and the ship was repeatedly trapped in the ice.
Finally, in 1935, Ellsworth took off to fly from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea. A few hours after leaving, radio contact with him was lost and the world gave him up for dead.
Antarctica’s Lost Aviator brings alive one of the strangest episodes in polar history, using previously unpublished diaries, correspondence, photographs, and film to reveal the amazing true story of the first crossing of Antarctica and how, against all odds, it was achieved by the unlikeliest of heroes.
The Lunatic Express
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Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World
The Craven family's inspirational story of their momentous two-year round-the-world sailing trip and how they did it--the vision, the planning, the highs and lows, the teamwork, and ultimately, the adventure of a lifetime.
The England Coast Path: 1,000 Mini Adventures Around the World's Longest Coastal Path
The opening of the England Coast Path means that anyone will be able to walk and wild camp along the entire 3,000-mile length of the English coast. As well as being a remarkable national achievement in itself, this new national trail is a hugely exciting prospect for all walkers, campers, fans of the coast and the outdoors.In 2018 Stephen Neale became one of the first people to walk and wild camp along the whole of the path, and in doing so has written a fantastically detailed and rich guidebook covering the route itself, along with everything from the best places to swim, hunt for fossils and eat seafood to hidden away beaches and canoeing spots. The bulk of the book is divided up into the 16 coastal counties and features 1,000 places to see, explore, camp and adventure around the coast. Each place has an OS map reference, basic directions to it from the path and a short description. Walkers can either visit specific places or link highlights together, walking between them along the path.The England Coast Path is a true embodiment of our national character – at a time when all things English are so often seen in a negative light, this is a wonderful success story. Environmentalists, volunteers, social campaigners, land owners and politicians have all come together to create a 'ninth wonder of the world'. This path represents what makes England so great: a little bit mad, a little bit proud; but mostly a celebration of this nation's most precious asset: the wild coast.
Voyager: Travel Writings
Now in his mid-seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. This longing for escape has taken him from the "bright green islands and turquoise seas" of the Caribbean islands to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond.In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park this "perfect place to time-travel," he traces his own timeline. Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, "Voyager," Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas, he embarks on a different quest of self-discovery. "One climbs a mountain not to conquer it, but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky," he explains.Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.
White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas
A sweeping biography of the Himalayas by the acclaimed author of Angry White Pyjamas.Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. These mountains, home to Buddhists, Bonpos, Jains, Muslims, Hindus, shamans and animists, to name only a few, are a place of pilgrimage and dreams, revelation and war, massacre and invasion, but also peace and unutterable calm. They are a central hub of the world’s religion, as well as a climber’s challenge and a traveler’s dream.In an exploration of the region's seismic history, Robert Twigger unravels some of these seemingly disparate journeys and the unexpected links between them. Following a winding path across the Himalayas to its physical end in Nagaland on the Indian-Burmese border, Twigger encounters incredible stories from a unique cast of mountaineers and mystics, pundits and prophets. The result is a sweeping, enthralling and surprising journey through the history of the world's greatest mountain range.
Ed Stafford's Ultimate Adventure Guide: The Bucket List for the Brave
There are bucket lists featuring comfort and indulgence, like staying at the George V in Paris or eating at Eleven Madison Park in New York. There are "if I ever..." bucket lists, like being an extra in a movie or learning to sing. And then there are bucket lists for the brave, the daring and the dreamers who want to check off as many challenging adventures as they can. They want every minute of life to count.Ed Stafford's Ultimate Adventure Guide is for them. It presents Ed's hand-picked selection of exciting challenges for those who don't mind a bit of discomfort. Life's great adventures are theirs for the taking:• Dive under, swim through and walk over frozen water.• Canoe/kayak remote land and seascapes.• Explore the wonders of Earth's frozen wild places.• Retreat into the world of monks; make one of the world's great pilgrimages.• Get a taste of total freedom as you soar like an eagle over mountains and lakes.• Embark on the high-altitude quest of a lifetime.• Walking safaris around the world.• Endure complete isolation on an island for a life changing experience.• And many moreStunning photography inspires, sketch maps show the way, and Ed's commentary throughout motivates the brave to set out on a life changing adventure.
No Touch Monkey! (And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late)
A self-admittedly bumbling tourist, Halliday shares - with razor-sharp wit and to hilarious effect - the travel stories, and lessons learned, that the rest of us would be too self-conscious to tell.
Seven League Boots: Adventures Across the World from Arabia to Abyssinia
"I had been commissioned to go anywhere in the world I wished and write whatever pleased me. My only orders were to move fast, visit strange places, to meet whomever was interesting - and to start at once," Richard Halliburton's fifth and last book, Seven League Boots illustrates how he followed these orders with passion and abandon. America's favorite adventurer dined with Haile Selassie and rode the Rhinoceros Express in Ethiopia; he had an audience with King Ibn Saud outside the gates of Mecca (which he had tried to sneak into) and finally rode an elephant over the Alps in the tracks of another great adventurer, Hannibal. This is Halliburton at his best: reckless and romantic. It is also the last chapter of a life that had, at its end, grown tragic. Nearing forty, physically exhausted, and in financial trouble, Halliburton thought to roll the dice once again, hoping that the charm which had always saved him in the past would materialize one more time. But it was not to be. His last journey was fatal. Soon after finishing this book, he attempted to sail a junk across the Pacific, but never returned.
Get Lost!: A Travel Guide for Anywhere
If you're tired of seeing the "must-see" sights and desperate to get off the beaten path, you're ready to get lost! This wildly different travel guide doesn't know where you are, where you've been, or where you're headed next. Instead, it will prompt you with questions and send you on a journey to find answers. It will ask you to embrace uncertainty until you're hooked on chasing it. It will encourage you to choose your own adventure - and then live it.
A dramatic and thrilling portrait of a long-forgotten true adventure and astounding seafaring achievement.In The Raftsmen, author and documentary filmmaker Ryan Barnett takes readers on an astonishing maritime adventure set in the aftermath of World War II.For four French expatriates who escaped the clutches of the Nazi regime to find asylum in Canada, adventure was to be the antidote to depression brought on by the cruelty of war. In 1956, armed with nothing but the flannel on their backs, a small stock of food, and some crude navigation and communication equipment, the quartet set sail from Halifax.Their goal: to become the first crew to cross the Atlantic by raft. Fashioned from telephone poles and built entirely by hand, the raft they called L'Egare II would be their home for 88 harrowing days as they crossed the North Atlantic from Canada to Britain. And they made it!In The Raftsmen, Barnett and comic illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko explore the adventure-fueled men aboard the L'Egare II, and the complex emotional undercurrents that led to their daredevil voyage.Original archival photography and film stills taken by the crew aboard the raft, along with news reports and contemporary interviews with still-living members and other key players, round out the re-telling of this amazing journey.Sixty years after they set sail, the epic story of the raftsmen's historic Atlantic crossing is brought to life for the first time.
The Immeasurable World: A Desert Journey
One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
Nacidos Para Ser Heroes: Como Un Audaz Grupo De Rebeldes Redescubrieron Los Secretos De La Fuerza Y La Resistencia
Tras el ultramaratón por las Barrancas del Cobre narrado en el bestseller Nacidos para correr, Christopher McDougall encuentra su siguiente aventura en las escarpadas montañas de Creta, donde un grupo de guerrilleros de la Resistencia planearon el secuestro de un general nazi durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. ¿Cómo es que un artista arruinado, un joven pastor y un poeta bohemio lograron esconder a un general alemán de miles de soldados nazis solo con su ingenio y su valentía?McDougall viaja hasta la isla para seguir sus pasos y encontrar la respuesta, para experimentar de primera mano los extraordinarios retos físicos que tuvieron que afrontar los combatientes de la Resistencia y sus aliados locales. En Creta, la cuna de héroes clásicos como Hércules o Ulises, McDougall descubre cuáles son las habilidades del héroe: movimientos naturales, una resistencia extraordinaria y una nutrición e?ciente.Nacidos para ser héroes es una investigación fascinante sobre la fuerza y la capacidad de superación del cuerpo humano, que nos lleva desde las calles de Londres a medianoche hasta el amanecer en las playas de Brasil, desde las montañas de Colorado al patio de McDougall en Pennsylvania, lugares donde atletas modernos perfeccionan técnicas antiguas para ser capaces de todo. Del mismo modo que Nacidos para correr animó a miles de lectores a dejar la cinta, quitarse las zapatillas y salir a la naturaleza, Nacidos para ser héroes les motivará para dejar el gimnasio y hacer sus ejercicios al aire libre: trepar, nadar, saltar y emprender sus propias hazañas.
Missions Impossible: Extraordinary Stories of Daring and Courage
110 incredible true stories torn from the pages of history.From Ancient Greece to the hunt and killing of Bin Laden, here are incredible acts of bravery, courage and derring-do that have in one fell swoop changed the world.Missions Impossible: Extraordinary Stories of Daring and Courage is a fascinating encyclopedia of 110 such stories from around the world. More than 300 photographs and illustrations highlight the brief text, which describes the events chronologically. A summary list notes the Date, Location, Objective, and Forces or People involved. A timeline and maps together show the events step by step.
Canoeing and Hiking Wild Muskoka: An Eco-Adventure Guide
A guide book to the less-traveled regions of Ontario between Georgian Bay and the Algonquin highlands featuring 80 hand-drawn maps. Both easy day trips and much more adventurous trips are covered.
A Paddler's Guide to Ontario's Cottage Country
Updated, and with additional routes, new maps and a new format, this book features 20 of the best canoe routes in Ontario's Kawarthas, Haliburton, Muskoka, and Georgian Bay regions. Full of photos and original maps showing all access points, important river features, and accurate portage lengths.Some of the routes included are: Georgian BayMcCrae LakeMoon RiverMassasauga WildlandsBlack RiverMuskoka RiverPoker LakeBig East LakeBurnt River SystemKawartha HighlandsLong LakeEels CreekMississauga River
GO! An Inspirational Guide to Getting Outside and Challenging Yourself
Whether you are looking to find a new challenge on your doorstep, tempt friends to race one another at the weekend or create an epic seven-day challenge, GO! is the ultimate inspirational guide to getting outside and challenging yourself.
A Paddler's Guide to Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario
Quick-getaway canoe routes in southern Ontario. Includes meticulous maps, detailed route descriptions, checklist of things to pack and more.
Days Out Underground
Hidden beneath Britain are plenty of attractions open to everyone. This unique guide explores 50 underground attractions, from caves to nuclear bunkers, abandoned mines to secret railways, labyrinthine tunnels to ancient crypts, with fascinating text and atmospheric color photography.This is the definitive guide to the best days out underground. From caves to nuclear bunkers, sewers to secret railways, as well as abandoned mines, ancient crypts and labyrinthine tunnels, these unique tourist attractions are a journey through Britain's hidden history going back thousands of years.Travel writer Peter Naldrett explores each location with evocative, light-hearted text that reveals the fascinating history of why it came to be constructed, or how it was first discovered. As well as information about facilities and accessibility, Peter also includes essential advice about how to get there and when to go.There are atmospheric full color photographs throughout, and boxes that highlight precisely why you should visit, as well as things to look out for when you do. Days Out Underground has something to excite everyone, especially families--here's how you entertain the kids on those wet-weather weekends!
South: The Race to the Pole
Van Der Merwe, Pieter
The late 1890s saw the start of a "heroic age" in polar exploration. This book tells the story of three men who were to embody the spirit of the time--driven by courage, determination and ambition, to be the first to discover the South Pole: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton.South: The Race to the Pole describes the extraordinary challenges faced and hardships endured in their attempts.Illustrated throughout, the book contains a map depicting the routes of the various expeditions, crew lists, a selected bibliography and suggested reading, and recommended websites. This new edition will be thoroughly revised throughout and contain a new introduction to reflect new research and discoveries regarding these expeditions as well as more recent attempts in traveling to the Pole, in addition to containing new images from the Royal Museums Greenwich Collection.
The Adventurer's Guide to Britain: 150 Incredible Experiences on Land and Water
This exciting, inspiring, and informative guide is perfect for anyone who loves a challenge and an adventure. There are soaring ridgelines to run, exciting river descents to swim, secret coves to explore by boat, and achievable interesting scrambles, all in stunning locations.Each of the 150 featured adventures, which are arranged by geographical region, has been carefully chosen for being exhilarating, achievable by any reasonably active person, and as safe as possible. You'll be taken on a tour of the country and will discover where to do things you never thought possible in the UK--exploring the caves and inlets around Lizard Point by kayak, sleeping under the stars surrounded by the towering mountains of the Cuillin Ridge, or swimming in the fairy pools at Glen Brittle on Skye.The Adventurer's Guide to Britain puts together some of the very best experiences from the different worlds of adventure sport, to create the ultimate outdoor bible for those who love getting outside, challenging themselves, and exploring beautiful Britain.
The true story of the remarkable John Rae - Arctic traveler and Hudson's Bay Company doctor - Fatal Passage is a tale of imperial ambition and high adventure. Rae solved the two great Arctic mysteries: the fate of the doomed Franklin expedition and the location of the last navigable link in the Northwest Passage. But Rae was to be denied the recognition he so richly deserved. On returning to London, he faced a campaign of denial and vilification led by two of the most powerful people in Victorian England: Lady Jane Franklin, the widow of the lost Sir John, and Charles Dickens, the most influential writer of the age. A remarkable story of courage and determination, Fatal Passage is Ken McGoogan's passionate redemption of Rae's rightful place in history. In this richly documented and illustrated work, McGoogan captures the essence of one man's indomitable spirit.
The Great Global Bucket List
For over a decade, renowned travel journalist, bestselling author, and TV host Robin Esrock scoured the globe in search of one-of-a-kind, bucket list–worthy experiences. During his remarkable journey to over 100 countries on seven continents, Esrock uncovered unique adventures, fascinating history, cultural spectacles, natural wonders, hilarious situations and unforgettable characters - proving that modern travel is so much more than just over-trafficked tourist attractions. From the Amazon jungle to the beaches of Zanzibar, The Great Global Bucket List presents a world we don’t hear much about in the news. A world that is strikingly beautiful, thought-provoking, incredibly diverse and sometimes, just very, very funny. With his trademark wit, photography and insight, Esrock introduces the inspiring experiences you’ll be talking and dreaming about for many years to come.
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, and for readers of Ryszard Kapuscinski and Rory Stewart, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places and their inhabitants.One-third of the earth's land surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in six of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi and Taklamakan Desert of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
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