Magazine article Geographical

The Modern Explorers

Magazine article Geographical

The Modern Explorers

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edited by Robin Hanbury-Tenison and Robert Twigger Thames & Hudson, hb, 24.95 [pounds sterling]


This handsome follow-up to Robin Hanbury-Tenison's The Great Explorers, gathering essays and photography by many big names in the field, roams widely around the globe, but frequently returns to the same question: why do we do this?

In their contributions, the explorers outline their motivations as much as their adventures. Jon Muir's reason for his unassisted, 2.500-kilometre cross-Australia trek turns out to be that polar exploration is logistically complex and prohibitively expensive, while it was Tashir Shah's childhood fascination with King Solomon's mines that drew him, after years of exploring old books, to a monastery on a precipice in Ethiopia. (His expert advice to would-be Indiana Joneses: forget hi-tech gear and corporate sponsorship--go on eBay and score some ex-army kit. Rider Haggard would have been proud.)

Other stories are less about derring-do than human indomitability. …

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