Magazine article Geographical

Shackleton's Dream: Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica

Magazine article Geographical

Shackleton's Dream: Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica

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SHACKLETON'S DREAM:

Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica

by Stephen Haddelsey

The History Press. hb, 20 [pounds sterling]

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Crossing Antarctica in a fleet of specially designed motor vehicles, backed up by fuel drops from the air and modern communications, sounds more appealing man the gruelling ordeals that Scott and Shackle[on took on But, as Vivian Fuchs discovered 45 years after Scott's death when he set out to make the first coast-to-coast crossing of Antarctica, the basic problems of exploration on the continent had barely changed

Fuchs' Trans-Antarctic Expedition. long overlooked in the rush to lionise me Heroic Age, was a tremendous achievement, and to succeed, me expedition team had to overcome many familiar hurdles, including inadequate funding, political in-fighting and defective equipment.

Fuchs completed the 3,200-kilometre crossing and the expedition made important contributions to science out their feats got lost in the hullabaloo that surrounded the space race: Sputnik was launched a few months before Fuchs had finished his traverse. …

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