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Riding the Ice Wind: By Kite and Sledge across Antarctica Hardcover – 28 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (28 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848853068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848853065
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a heart-led account of one of the longest, hardest polar journeys of recent years. It is a testament that enduring hardship isn't about bravado but about a quiet, at times faltering, daily decision to endure.' --Bear Grylls, Born Survivor, Man vs. Wild

'It's extremely heartening to discover, through a text that is beautifully and powerfully written, that a younger generation of adventurers has got what it takes - and more. They prove themselves worthy successors to their heroes, Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott.' --John Hare, author of The Lost Camels of Tartary

'An original and compelling book that really gets into the psyche of adventure and the conflict between the call of responsibility and the desire for freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed it.' --Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers

About the Author

Alastair Vere Nicoll runs a renewable energy business and lives in London with his wife and two children. This is his first book.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this compelling story of adventure and of what it is that drives us to seek the extreme. Alastair Vere Nicoll writes beautifully of the modern day angst of responsibility versus self discovery. I loved it because it was so personal and reflective interweaved with stories of his wife - so often the one at home goes unmentioned but in this book she is an equal partner. A really intelligent story of his ground breaking Tran-Antartic crossing - inspiring but also very daunting - I certainly don't feel up for the challange of the Kabatic winds - but thoroughly enjoyed the experience from the comfort of my armchair!

Wondering what he will do next - and hope this is the first of a long-line of books.
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It's hard to classify this book. As much a work of philosophy as an adventure yarn, delivered in a revealing confessional style, one gets to know the author very well, while reading the story of a rather typically quixotic British adventure. There are well penned descriptions of the risks and hardships involved. Some laughs too (I enjoyed the surreal pen picture of the team being forced to camp at the gates of the US South Pole base without being allowed in). A strong sense is evoked of the overwhelming beauty and savage power of Antartica. The descriptions of companionship and how the relationships between the travelers evolve are authentic and moving. The four explorers come across as a thoroughly decent and likeable bunch. Previous reviewers have written about Alastair's involvement of his wife, which I also found touching. The race to finish the journey before the baby is born injects dramatic tension into the narrative. Sometimes the style approaches pretentiousness, but never crosses the line to become too heavy. Being British, the story also has an appropriate amount of scatological detail and coverage of bodily functions. This book is a good read, and also a recipe - mostly convincing - how pampered members of Generation X should approach living a moral and fulfilled life.
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It is refreshing to read such an earnest and eloquent take on a legendary Antarctic crossing. He writes with rare honesty and makes me want to read more and to push myself further in what I do. A truely talented writer. What is next for Alistair?
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Riding the Ice Wind is well worth reading. Four guys pitting themselves against the elements to reach the south pole from one coast and then kite surfing their way to the opposite coast was no mean feat. The challenges they faced and the way they approached them were awesome. The author brings an honest frankness to the journey which is so refreshing and you feel you are taking the journey with him every step of the way. There is the constant sense of urgency as he tries to survive the trip and make it back in time for the birth of his first child! The sense of elation on reaching their destination is truly palpable and one is awed by what they have accomplished. If you enjoyed Into Thin Air and Touching the Void, this is one for you.
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