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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Death in the Desert

Denis and Tanja Katzer are travellers in the great tradition of Richard Burton, Freya Stark and Wilfred Thesiger. In more than a decade journeying together they have crossed Mongolia on horseback, Nepal by elephant, and the Sinai, Pakistan and the Taklamakan Desert with camels. Now they are about to embark on one of the longest, most arduous journeys of all. For three years they will attempt to cross Australia, from south to north and west to east, with a camel train and their dog Rufus for company. The 7,000 kilometre journey will take them through the outback and deserts of this vast country, where temperatures touch 45C in the shade, and 65+ in the open. During their journey they will encounter cyclones, bushfires and the worst drought in Australian...
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