Synopses & Reviews
Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time that has ever been devised, wrote Apsley Cherry-Garrard in a deceptively jaunty introduction to this classic story of bravery and fortitude first published in 1922. The story he relates is of Scott's last expedition to the Antarctic, from its departure from England in 1910 to its arrival in New Zealand in 1913; it is one of the most famous and tragic in the annals of exploration. Driven by an obsession for scientific knowledge, these brave polar explorers embarked on a journey into the unknown, testing their endurance by pushing themselves to the ultimate physical and mental limits as they surveyed the striking and mammoth land that lies far to the south.
Cherry-Garrard was himself a member of the expedition that had two goals: to discover as much as was scientifically possible about the terrain and habitat of Antarctica, and to be the first to reach the South Pole. The party was plagued by bad luck, weather conditions of unanticipated ferocity, and the physical deterioration of the party on the last part of the journey. Confronted by the shattering knowledge that Roald Amundsen had reached the South Pole a month before them, Scott's party then had to negotiate the last, heroic part of their journey, a doomed attempt which has entered modern mythology.
The Worst Journey in the World is the inside story of this most famous of journeys and is truly one of the best and most moving books of travel ever written. Join Scott's expedition as he and his team venture deep into the frozen unknown. This volume is the second in the continuing series of Explorers Club books.
Published in 1922 by an expedition survivor, this riveting adventure classic recounts the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole led by Robert Falcon Scott. Journal entries by other expedition members complement the narrative, offering an incredible, unforgettable story of struggle and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
Published in 1922 by an expedition survivor, this riveting adventure classic recounts Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. "A masterpiece." The New York Review of Books.
"The Worst Journey in the World
is to travel writing what War and Peace
is to the novel . . . a masterpiece."The New York Review of Books
"When people ask me, 'What is your favorite travel book?' I nearly always name this book. It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery, and friendship." Paul Theroux
National Geographic Adventure magazine hailed this volume as the #1 greatest adventure book of all time. Published in 1922 by an expedition survivor, it recounts the riveting tale of Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated race to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of the party, offers sensitive characterizations of each of his companions. Their journal entries complement his narrative, providing vivid perspectives on the expedition's dangers and hardships as well as its inspiring examples of optimism, strength, and selflessness.
Hoping to prove a missing link between reptiles and birds, the author and his companions traveled through the dead of Antarctic winter to the remote breeding grounds of the Emperor Penguin. They crossed a frozen sea in utter darkness, dragging an 800-pound sledge through blizzards, howling winds, and average temperatures of 60 below zero. This "worst journey" was followed by the disastrous trek to the South Pole. Cherry-Garrard's compelling account constitutes a moving testament to Scott and to the other men of the expedition. This new edition of the adventure classic features several pages of vintage photographs.
About the Author
Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959) served as a biologist for the ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Haunted by his experiences, the English explorer suffered from clinical depression for the rest of his life and was encouraged by his friend George Bernard Shaw to write this memoir as a form of therapy.
Table of Contents
I. From England to South AfricaII. Making Our Easting DownIII. SouthwardIV. LandV. The Depot JourneyVI. The First WinterVII. The Winter JourneyVIII. SpringIX. The Polar Journey. I. The Barrier StageX. The Polar Journey. II. The Beardmore GlacierXII. The Polar Journey. III. The Plateau to 87o 32' SXIII. SuspenseXIV. The Last WinterXV. Another SpringXVI. The Search JourneyXVII. The Polar Journey. V. The Pole and AfterXVIII. The Polar Journey. VI. Farthest SouthXIX. Never AgainGlossaryIndex