Crossing Antarctica

by Will Steger

Face it, seven months on Antarctica can be a bit monotonous, crossing what the author himself dubbed “the most boring terrain on earth,” a white-out world devoid of flora or fauna. The author, however, did a commendable job in chronicling their journey in this book. By interlacing happenings with past events, sentiments, information and knowledge, the book was entertaining enough I did not have a dull moment throughout. Steger’s voice is somewhat lacking in humor or excitement, but I believe that just reflects the seriousness of the expedition and his personality as a analytical organizer. And it certainly makes me see Antarctica more than just a frozen slab of land down under.

My only complain is that the book doesn’t contain more photos, although I can totally understand if those explorers don’t feel in the mood for taking pictures… I probably won’t… Although, surrounding by the palm trees, it really stretch my imagination to visualize the hardship in the cold wilderness. Now, this is one trip I certainly won’t do any other style than armchair. Just imagine having to thaw your toothpaste and towel for the morning ritual, to wear the same underwears for six month, and that your dog could get a frozen body part for indecent exposure…

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