The 1000 Hour Day: Two Adventurers Take on the World's Harshest Island

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 362 pages
In 2005, Australians Chris Bray (then 21 years old) and Clark Carter (20) dreamed of embarking on an adventure completely different from any polar, mountaineering, or river expedition ever before attempted. With virtually no prior experience they vowed to cross the ninth largest island in the world—Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic—on foot. It was to be a world-first, traversing 1000 kilometers of the most extreme and diverse landscape on the planet, everything from snow and ice to mud, shattered rock, rivers, and fields of boulders. Travelling without any support across previously unexplored territory, Chris and Clark hauled everything they needed behind them in homemade wheeled kayaks, each weighing a quarter of a ton. Hiding from polar bears, being chased by wolves, and discovering ancient Inuit relics along the way, the pair faced obstacles that ensured their journey was as much a mental battle as it was physical. After 58 grueling days, their first attempt failed. Undeterred, the duo spent the next three years learning new skills, redesigning their equipment, and raising money, and in 2008 they went back for another 75 days to finish what they’d started. With humor and honesty, Chris Bray tells their thrilling story—the drama, the dangers, and the sheer exhilaration of exploring a terrain filled with magic and wonder.

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Chris Bray has adventure in his blood. At the age of five his parents took the family on a five-year sailing trip around the world in a homemade yacht. Retuning `home' he had to grow accustomed to ... Read full review


Doomed to fail
Melting already?
Duckfooted sled dogs
Slow progress
The sun
Rubbish recycling
One giant Slushie
Our first river crossing

Alone in the Arctic
Achievable goals
An expensive lesson
More trauma
Slow and steady
Hiking poles
More lake paddling
Mud pits
Fresh meat and disasters
Major repairs
Losing hope and paddles
Were not going to make it
Enoughs enough
Dont run
Bear tracks
Darkness descends
Lunchtime archaeology
So much for that idea
Interview from an iceberg
Stuck in the mud
Frostnipped fingers
The ice maze
A wellearned break
Heading inland
Getting hungrier
Frozen shoelaces
What if it doesnt get any better?
Getting serious
Surely theyre not still out there?
Seen any tarmac airstrips around lately?
No more hauling
Time to get out of here
Home time
Is there no escape?
Finding the flag
First day of hauling
Tough but good going
Hello frozen lakes
Brunch at High Arctic Lodge
Wet socks and repairs
Beneath the snow
Back to sleep?
Shredded Kevlar and battered spirits
My 25th birthday
Its a record
Missing something?
Ten miracles
HMAS Nugget
Kuujjua here we come
Something fishy about this lake
Clarks 24th birthday
Puncture midstream
The wind and the wolves
Speed and distance records smashed
The Kuujjua strikes back
Hoist the sail Mr Carter
Closed for stocktaking
Five punctures at once
Lesser of three evils?
Valleys and more valleyswith lakes and more lakes
Halfcentury celebrations
The Grand Canyons
Broken men
Gale force winds rain ice and surf?
Rolling on broken rims
Keep going rain hail or twister
No more ice hauling
The last map
Let off lightly
A sight for sore eyes
Getting there
Arent we there yet?
Shes determined to stop us
The final steps
The great escape

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About the author (2010)

Chris Bray was born into a life of adventure, sailing around the world for five years with his family on their homemade yacht Starship. Then, when he was just 20 years old, Chris organized and embarked on a 30-day expedition in Tasmania s untracked south-western wilderness complete with airdrops of supplies. Australian Geographic labeled this trek "one of the toughest foot journeys in the world" and named him, along with his hiking mate Jasper Timm, the "Young Adventurer of the Year" in 2004. Today, when he is not embarking on further adventures, he works as a freelance writer and photographer and gives motivational talks to students.

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