This is the story of how David Hempleman-Adams undertook a 1600 mile journey to the North Pole by balloon in an open-air wicker basket. He revisits the trip that inspired him—an ill-fated Swedish expedition in 1897 that had a doomed love affair at the heart of its tale.
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On May 28, 2000, explorer David Hempleman–Adams took off from Spitsbergen, Norway on a flight to the North Pole, inspired by an ill–fated Swedish expedition that had taken place over a century earlier. His fragile wicker basket contained tanks of liquid oxygen to allow him to survive at high altitudes, a raft in case he crash–landed in the freezing Arctic Ocean, and forty days’ worth of emergency rations. He knew that if he survived the week ahead, he would be the first man ever to reach the North Pole by balloon. At the Mercy of the Winds tells the stories of both historical journeys; featuring a gripping account of Hempleman–Adams’ own expedition, as well as original photos and documents from the Swedish voyage, it is set to become an adventure classic. David Hempleman–Adams recounted his earlier exploits in his highly acclaimed memoirs Toughing It Out: The Adventures of a Polar Explorer and Walking on Thin Ice: In Pursuit of the North Pole.From the Inside Flap:
le story of the first man to fly to the North Pole and back – by balloon.
On June 3rd 2000, explorer David Hempleman-Adams touched down in Spitzbergen after his dramatic flight to the North Pole by balloon. Inspired by an ill-fated Swedish expedition over a century earlier, he piloted his balloon through the maelstrom of the Arctic wind on his 1,600 mile round trip. At the Mercy of the Winds is the epic story of his flight. Featuring up-to-the-minute drama from his expedition, original photographs and love letters from the 1897 Swedish voyage, and a page-turning text from acclaimed Telegraph journalist Robert Uhlig, this is a truly gripping true adventure story.
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Book Description Transworld Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0593047478. Bookseller Inventory # 7A-LMLU-STI1
Book Description Transworld Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110593047478