"The remarkable story of the Transglobe expedition, the first circumpolar journey round earth, described in the New York Times as the world's last great adventure, and by the expedition patron, HRH Prince Charles as 'mad but marvellous'. All the rapids, whirlpools, avalanches, deserts, swamps, terrorist bullets and faulty parachutes that have hitherto provided the ingredients of Ranulph Fiennes' eventful career take a poor second place to the horrors and triumphs of his Transglobe expedition. In 1972 his wife, Ginnie, conceived the circumpolar idea. For seven years they strove to raise support for it and in 1979 set out from Greenwich in a thirty-year-old ice strengthened vessel, Benjamin Bowring, with a colourful crew of volunteers from many countries and backgrounds. The 100,00-mile route took them across the Sahara via Tombouctou, through the swamps and jungles of Mali and the Ivory Coast, over huge unexplored crevasse fields in Antarctica, through the inhospitable North West Passage, graveyard of so many famous venturers, and into the unpredictable hazards of the Arctic Ocean. Ranking alongside the journeys of Amundsen, Scott and Peary, the Transglobe endeavour, a chance dream in 1972, became ten years later a truly historic voyage."
Book in very good condition with some light foxing on the page edges.