Pole Dance

Pole Dance : The Story of the Record-breaking British Expedition to the Bottom of the World

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On 28th December 2002, 27-year-old Tom Avery became the youngest - and fastest - Briton to reach the South Pole, having arrived on foot from the Hercules inlet in a world-record time of 45 days and six hours. Written in diary form, in the present tense, this chronicle of modern polar expedition is unusual for that fact alone. The original diary Tom kept has been edited as little as possible in the hope of retaining as much of the drama and emotion that Tom and his three other team members experienced en route: the team's use of mini-parachutes that powered them across the ice; the breaking of no less than 17 ski-bindings on the journey; the privations of frostbite, altitude sickness and crevasse falls; even the attempts to sabotage the expedition's sponsorship by a rival explorer. Tom Avery's Pole Dance incorporates comparisons with other South Pole expeditions into his own, and the sense of other histories (Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, etc) makes this an informative as well as a gripping tale of polar exploration.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 167 x 244 x 31mm | 551g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16
  • 0752865951
  • 9780752865959

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'Told with huge enthusiasm and illustrated by some powerful pictures... A real-life adventure.' DAILY MAIL 'Anyone looking for a Christmas present for an adventurous male relative could do worse than select ...Tom Avery's dramatic account of a record-breaking journey ' CONDE NAST TRAVELLERshow more

About Tom Avery

Tom Avery was brought up in Sussex, Brazil and France, and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in geography and geology. His outdoor career includes rock and ice climbs in Wales and Scotland, expeditions to the South American Andes, French Alps and New Zealand, and a pioneeering expedition to the previously unexplored Eastern Zaalay Mountains of Central Asia. He now spends time raising funds for The Prince's Trust (for whom he is an ambassador) and planning his next adventure. He is also an official ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic bid, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.show more