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Like all great pioneering works from Charles Lindberghs We and Admiral Richard E. Byrds Alone to Sir Francis Chichesters Gypsy Moth Circles the World, Wally Herberts journey is a highly personal one, the fulfillment of one mans lifesMoreLike all great pioneering works from Charles Lindberghs We and Admiral Richard E. Byrds Alone to Sir Francis Chichesters Gypsy Moth Circles the World, Wally Herberts journey is a highly personal one, the fulfillment of one mans lifes ambition--to cross the frozen Arctic Ocean from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitsbergen by way of the North Pole, a distance of 3,800 miles. The British Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1968-69 was an epic journey. Four men, thirty-four huskies, 476 adventure-packed, danger-fraught days. At times they were in total darkness for twelve hours a day. The constantly moving, melting ice forced them off course and kept them consistently behind schedule. They lived in eternal cold with temperatures ranging around -60F. Pessimists had predicted they would not reach their goal. And then on May 29, 1969, success came--they had completed the greatest journey both in time and distance in the entire history of polar exploration!Herberts story of the trip is filled with the adventure of men who conquer the unknown. In addition to the natural dangers are the human ones: a dramatic injury to one of the team who was left helplessly immobilized thousands of miles from proper medical attention, threatening the fate of the entire expedition- a fire which destroyed half the mens precious possessions- encounters with inquisitive polar bears, fearless because they had never seen human beings- and always the problems of living in eternal cold, where men preferred to dine on frozen meat bars rather than face the prospect of trying to cook anything in the numbing freeze.This deeply stirring and magnificent account of the greatest polar journey ever undertaken is perhaps best described by Wally Herbert, who said: I think the appeal of the trip was in every sense of the word, the bigness of it--the bigness in time, the bigness in distance, the bigness as a challenge--a challenge of human endurance.