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David Hirzel landed at Sky Ranch overlooking Pacifica, California at the end of 30 years of wandering that started in West Virginia, with extended stops in Florida, Virginia, Lake Tahoe and various points between. In the course of time he has published numerous poems, stories and articles, five plays, a first-hand account of an ill-fated 1881 Arctic expedition, but his true calling has always been the history of polar exploration in the “heroic” age. The fascination began with a first reading of Shackleton’s Valiant Voyage in 1961, and never ended. One result has been the book "Tom Crean: Sailor on Ice" a labor of love that started in 1996 and, with the publication of "Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott's 'Discovery' Expedition" and "Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton's 'Endurance' Expedition, is now complete. David Hirzel makes his home Sky Ranch watching the whales and the Pacific sunsets, and dreaming up new writing projects.