"An amazing tale of real adventure and genuine exploration in the modern era - unexplored regions, fearless animals, no support crew, disaster, excitement – the lot!" -- Dick Smith Excerpt:After a good day's hauling, at 5 pm we set up tent and I decided to go fishing. Ice-hopping out to deeper water, I started jigging the lure up and down in the crystal-clear water, expect"An amazing tale of real adventure and genuine exploration in the modern era - unexplored regions, fearless animals, no support crew, disaster, excitement – the lot!" -- Dick Smith Excerpt:After a good day's hauling, at 5 pm we set up tent and I decided to go fishing. Ice-hopping out to deeper water, I started jigging the lure up and down in the crystal-clear water, expecting at any moment a silvery char to flash past and grab it. Glancing along the shoreline, I spotted a bunch of white rocks – or perhaps hunks of ice – scattered across the mudflats some 300 metres back along where we’d just hauled less than an hour earlier. I continued fishing.Scanning around as I idly flicked the rod tip up and down, I fixed my gaze once more on these white objects. I stopped jerking the rod. Were there more of them now? Were they closer? I stared at the motionless forms for some time before shaking my head, laughing at my own paranoia. However, just as I turned away, out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. Whipping around to stare, I watched transfixed as more and more white objects seemed to appear from nowhere and fan out across the mud. They must be caribou, I thought – they looked about the right size. There was something odd about the way they were walking though, they weren’t prancing or trotting as deer do, they were more ... loping along ... like huge dogs! My blood ran cold as I suddenly realised what was happening – I was standing there, with nothing but a fishing rod between me, and a pack of six, seven, eight arctic wolves, all pacing closer, and closer!'CLARK!' I shouted. 'WOLVES!' Over 100 metres away, there was no movement from the tent, my yell snatched away on the bitterly cold wind streaming over the pack ice. The wolves heard me though, and stopped dead, all eyes on me, their ears as upright as the hairs on the back of my neck.Deciding I’d better get back to camp, I frantically reeled in my fishing line and moved to ice-hop back to shore. The moment I took a step, the whole pack started advancing as one. 'CLARK!' I shouted loudly every few paces, staring mesmerized at the multitude of wolves – clearly visible now – steadily closing the gap. 'CLARK!!' Finally reaching the shore, there was now nothing but 150 metres of mud separating me from the advancing pack, and panic lurched into my stomach.Various thoughts started flashing through my head. Don’t run from dogs. Keep walking. They can run a lot faster than you can, don't give them an excuse. I shot a terrified glance over my shoulder – they weren't running, just swiftly gliding towards me, but gaining fast. I'm actually going to be torn apart. Don’t think that – dogs can sense fear. How could I do this to Clark? 'CLARK!?' There was a hint of pleading in my voice now, and it scared me. Another glance back. Shit. They're going to get to me before I get to the tent. Don't run. Okay – run. Run! With one last wild glance over my shoulder, I saw – as I knew I would – the whole pack shift into high gear, their broad paws digging into the soft ground as they accelerated, now bounding after me as I sprinted up the embankment towards camp. 'CLARK! GET THE GUN!' ...
|Title||:||The 1000 Hour Day: Two Adventurers Take On The World's Harshest Island|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
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The 1000 Hour Day: Two Adventurers Take On The World's Harshest Island Reviews
Probably my new favourite book of modern exploration. An awesome and inspiring adventure. I was gripped for the entire read and the pages ticked by effortlessly. It was always funny, through the ups and the downs. These boys overcame so much through their ingenious problem-solving and dogged perseverance. It makes me even prouder to be an Aussie.
I enjoyed it. It labours the day to day a little through the final 100 pages. It in all, if you're looking for a good read and a little insight into how to plan an expedition somewhere cold and wet and the things that can go wrong, you'll get good value out of this. Interesting commentary too on how adventure and doing hard things generally changes you.
Another book that I would recommend that everyone aught to read. Chris Bray and Clark Carter, in their early 20's, tackled an amazingly tough unsupported trudge across Victoria Island in Arctic Canada. While it took them two bites, they managed 1000 kilometres east to west in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. The surprise of the book, was the wisdom and the attitude of these two. That's why I would urge 'young people' specially to read it. Some oldies like me have experienced a very small taste of their journey and can only say, "yep".
From being chased by wolves and stalked by polar bears, to enduring truly horrific weather conditions and even worse terrain, this book has your attention from the get go. While the parts covering the journey across the island is enthralling, I really enjoyed reading about the preparation for the journey. For two very young guys (I think Chris was 20 and Clark was 19 when they first started planning – I might be wrong), they were very switched on to the task they had set for themselves. I found myself bewildered at times at how thorough their planning was and how many big name sponsors they managed to get on board, despite many big companies believing that there was no way that they would be able to finish this mammoth adventure. This is the perfect example of proving people wrong.It’s also a great example of the things that young people can do when they have the drive and the support that they need. We don’t all have to go out and trek across frozen tundra, but if you want to do something, have the belief you can do it and not care too much about what other people think, then there is no reason that you can’t achieve the goals you set for yourself. I must admit, this book certainly whet my appetite for adventure and made me wish I was the “outdoorsy” type.
Good read, Well written story that holds your interest even though you think initially there's not much to talk about in an Arctic adventure. I've got the greatest admiration for both of them for their perserverence and determination to follow through on what started out as a seemingly impossible journey.
Detailed insight into a one-off experience. Lots of messages for the reader- inspiration, motivation and product recommendations. Really impressed by the story from the beginning to the end, and also the ongoing journey. Loved every hour.
Wow! One fast and very inspirational read.