Press:BBC Books BBC Books (July 1, 2006)
Author Name:Jasper Rees,Sir Ranulph Fiennes
At the beginning of the last century, reaching the South Pole was the greatest terrestrial journey left to man.
By the spring of 1912, the race was overRobert Falcon Scott was dead and Roald Amundsen, the victor, was on his way home.
Ever since, a debate has raged over whether Scott was an arrogant incompetent or whether he was the victim of bad luck.
This book attempts to answer the question by re-running the race.
Two teams, among the world’s greatest adventurers, will be equipped entirely in the style of the original expeditions.
The difference will be that both teams will start at the same time and from points within ten kilometers of each other.
Now, for the first time, it will be possible to see whether it was luck or judgment that led Amundsen to victory and Scott to his death.
About the Author
A journalist with two decades of experience, Jasper Rees has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Evening Standard, and The Times.
He lives in London.Bruce Parry is a TV host and adventurer.
He was involved in the BBC and Discovery Channel documentary Going Tribal.
He is the founder of Endeavor Productions and lives in England.Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the first man to have reached both poles by surface travel and the first to have crossed the Antarctic Continent unsupported.
He is the only person in the world to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar Medal for both the Antarctic and Arctic regions.
Fiennes also led the first polar circumnavigation of the earth.
In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking these historic records, he has raised over twenty millions dollars for charity.
In 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the Heart Foundation.
In 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.
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