The Deadly Glacier

Iceland’s Vatnajökull ice cap, it’s the largest glacier in Europe, the third largest in the world, over 8,400 square kilometres of ice and crevasses sitting on top of an active volcano. Now American explorer Cameron McPherson Smith, dreams of being the first to traverse the glacier, from east to west, its widest point, alone and in the depths of winter. He knows the weather on the glacier can be violent and unpredictable, that storms can blow in for weeks, but even he is taken aback when on his first attempt 100 kilometre an hour winds scatter his supplies and threaten to lift him and his tent into the air. Undeterred he makes a second attempt, but this time he finds himself trapped in a maze of crevasses at times surrounded by more open space than ice on which he can stand. Two years later he returns for a third attempt. For four days he struggles to navigate through thick fog, relying on his instruments, unable to see more than a few metres. But as he skirts the vast Grímsvötn caldera he feels his sled gathering speed; suddenly it’s running out of control, dragging him behind it, heading straight for the edge of a deep...
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