'Mountaineering in Antarctica: Climbing the Frozen South' written by Damien Gildea

Posted: Nov 03, 2010 05:12 pm EDT

Fresh on the shelves is Damien Gildeas new book, Mountaineering in Antarctica: Climbing in the Frozen South, with the peaks and mountains of the most remote and wild regions of Antarctica all in one edition. The coffee table format book printed on gloss paper is available in English and French (Les Montangnes de lAntarctique).

High quality, full color photographs illustrate the comprehensive text that cover mountains in the Ellsworth Range, Antarctic Peninsula, Queen Maud Land, the Transantarctic Mountain Range, South Georgia and other areas such as the Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, the Framnes Mountains, Marie Byrd Land and remote Antarctica Islands.

More than 200 previously unpublished photos and 12 original maps are included in the book.

Being a mountaineering book it covers technical data, equipment, routes, approaches, transport and more.

The book though covers more than strictly mountaineering. It also includes descriptions of the mountain ranges, geography and glaciology, exploration and travel history, many anecdotes and practical information.

Several interviews with and personal information about climbers and sailors are also included, for example Mike Libecki (Queen Maud Land), Edmund Stump (Queen Maud Mountains), Skip Novak (South Georgia), Lionel Daudet (Kerguelen) and Wally Herbert.

From the Publisher

Antarctica is home to one of the greatest collections of unclimbed mountains on earth, but Antarctica is not unexplored.

The mountains of Antarctica have a rich human history that spans a century and features some of the greatest names in the annals of exploration and mountaineering - Shackleton, Tilman, Hillary, Bonatti, Messner and many stars of modern alpinism have all been drawn South.

The climbing in this other world traverses the vast empty ranges of the Transantarctic Mountains, past the soaring rock spires of Queen Maud Land, across the roof of the continent in the Sentinel Range, winding along the complex beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and on up to the storm swept island of South Georgia.

This comprehensive overview of mountaineering in Antarctica encompasses journeys from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration, through the expansion of international scientific activity in the latter half of the Twentieth Century, up to the modern adventure tourism of the new millennium.

This is a tribute to the mountains themselves and to the experiences of those who travelled amongst them - their triumphs, travails and tragedies. For the first time, the peaks and ranges of the planets wildest continent are revealed in one place for all to see.

Format: 270 x240 mm / 10.8 x 9.8 x0.9 inches
Pages: 192 (+ 4 blank end-papers)
Cover: Hardback with full color dust jacket
Inside pages: Full color
Illustrations: 200 previously unpublished photos and 12 original maps
Retail price: 34.95 Euros; 30.00 GBP; 49.90 USD
Published: November 1, 2010
Publisher: Editions Nevicata, Belgium

Flick-through pages and panorama video

Have a look at the book's website, which has a digital flick-through of 20 pages, and a short video panorama from Vinson. For the English version, click here and for the French version, click here.

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An impressive book with a wealth of information.

Check in again for an interview with the author, Damien Gildea.

Damien Gildea has led seven successful expeditions to the high mountains of Antarctica since 2001. In 1998 he published the Antarctic Mountaineering Chronology, followed by topographical maps of Livingston Island (2004) and Vinson Massif (2006).

For more than a decade his writing and photography has appeared in publications around the world.
Damien Gildea has also guided a ski expedition to the South Pole and made various journeys to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Andes. When not on expeditions, he lives in Australia.

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'Mountaineering in Antarctica: Climbing in the Frozen South' by Damien Gildea
courtesy Damien Gildea, SOURCE
p. 158-159 Skip Novaks stunning panorama from the summit of Mount Paget, looking across to the Salvesen Range (South Georgia). (Click to enlarge)
courtesy Damien Gildea, SOURCE
Queen Maud Land photos p.110-11. On the left: Mike Libeckis view from the top of Fenris. Right: Looking east over the crenellated summit ridge of Midgard to Hell, Kinntanna, Holstinnd and Holtanna. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Damien Gildea, SOURCE
Mount William and Savoia Peak, in the Antarctic Peninsula chapter. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Damien Gildea, SOURCE
In the photo p. 10, Damien Gildea near the summit of Mount Anderson, Ellsworth Mountains (click to enlarge)
courtesy Damien Gildea, SOURCE

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