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The Long Haul: The Longest Fully Unsupported Polar Journey Paperback – 15 Mar 2010
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'A captivating account of what is proving increasingly scarce in modern times - genuinely groundbreaking polar travel. Alex Hibbert's account of his remarkable arctic journey is modest but exciting'. --Sir Ranulph Fiennes
'Passionate...fascinating for its insight' --Wanderlust Magazine
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It's nice to read an honest and straightforward account of an expedition that does not exaggerate the hardship, does not try to be too quirky, and does not gloss over the failures. Clearly this was a remarkable journey by Alex and George, and Alex does a great job of taking you along for the ride.
In short, this is a tale of ambition, endeavour and human endurance, and a tale that is well told.
Three months skiing across a white canvas could make for a very boring story but this is anything but. I feel like I have spent the last week hauling a sled next to Hibbert and Bullard. Like them, I was anxious each day to get up and make progress towards my goal. I felt for them as they approached each supply cache and desperately struggled towards the coast without food.
What comes across most clearly is Hibbert's passion for polar travel. This was not carried out on a whim nor was it a simple box-ticking exercise. This was something that felt deep down important to him. That is reflected in the way it is written and you would be hard pushed not to become ensnared by his enthusiasm.
P.S. Hibbert has a website about his adventures - [...]
My real area of interest is high altitude mountaineering but I'd read a bit about Alex Hibbert's polar exploits and thought I'd give this a go.
I'm glad I did.
There is so much to the book, covering the trials and tribulations of trying to finance the expedition, the disappointments experienced during the planning stages and ultimately an honest and revealing account of how the expedition unfolded, the relationship between the 2 team members, the mental aspects of a prolonged period in a very inhospitable place and the many and varied challenges that the guys faced.
A great read!
I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and found it to be an inspirational story of courage and drive to achieve a goal that was years in the making. With plenty of additional information for those more informed readers as well as explanations and photographs for those unfamiliar with polar travel, it is a thrilling and knowledgeable read that should accompany any adventure books in your collection.
The book not only told of the struggles endured over the duration of the trip, but also of the work that it took to put on the expedition. To me that was almost as interesting as the expedition itself.
Alex Hibbert tells this story so well that it makes you feel as if you were skiing across the deadly Greenland icecap with him. This book is for real. It doesn't exaggerate any of the events that occurred because there was no need. It was a real adventure, and will be known as an amazing, historic expedition for many years to come. Great read!
In terms of the storytelling and actual description of the journey The Long Haul is again impressive... I guess a book about skiing over snow for a long time could be fairly repetitive, but this one isn't. There's the right amount of detail to keep you interested if you know a lot about this sort of thing, but not too much jargon if you don't.
In summary it's a great story about a very impressive challenge, and a very good read! Get a copy and see what you think!
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