Mind Over Matter: The Epic Crossing of the Antarctic Continent

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Delacorte Press, 1994 - Science - 322 pages
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Mind Over Matter is the death-defying and bone-chilling account of Fiennes's most remarkable achievement. For 1,350 miles at a rate of 14 miles a day, Fiennes and his partner Dr. Michael Stroud trudged across Antarctica. But the expedition's world records for both the longest unsupported polar journey and the first unsupported crossing of Antarctica came at an incredible cost. Each pulling a 500-pound sled while encountering cavernous crevasses and bitter blizzards with temperatures at -86(degree)F, the two men faced gangrene, altitude sickness, starvation, hypothermia, and equipment failure that nearly claimed their lives long before they reached the South Pole. The tortuous trek took a mental toll as well. Tensions turned to frustrations that were taken out on each other, and by journey's end the two good friends were deeply antagonistic. With an honest and vivid narrative, Fiennes takes the reader through the coldest land on earth and describes what it takes to survive a monumental physical and mental challenge.

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Review: Mind Over Matter (Delta Expedition)

User Review  - Joshua Pearl - Goodreads

Ran Fiennes provide a really interesting insight into Antarctic and more general endurance travel. The book can at times feel a little monotonous - I woke up, it hurt, saw some crevasses, lost some ... Read full review

Review: Mind Over Matter (Delta Expedition)

User Review  - Carole - Goodreads

I couldnt put this book down. I am an armchair adventurer but I have been to Antarctica (but on the comfort of an eco-tour) & couldnt imagine being out there just 'alone' with friend. It was exceptional I thought. I read it years ago. Read full review



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Douglas Mawson died in 1958 and was given a state funeral in Australia, where he was a national hero.
Ranulph Fiennes was the first person to cross Antarctica on foot. He is the author of many books including "Mind Over Matter: The Epic Crossing of the Antarctic Continent," He lives in England.

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