During the 19th Century, British and European explorers were trying to fill the 'blanks on the map' - crossing deserts, racing to the poles, sourcing the Nile and trying to be the first up the peaks of the Alps and, later, the Himalayas. By the turn of the 20th Century, interest turned to Everest, the 'third' pole and has not showed any sign of slowing since.
The Guardian and The Observer have always keenly reported the world of exploration and adventure travel. In a range of first-person accounts, news reports and obituaries, this collection includes tales of endurance. Covering a huge breadth of events from Shackleton's months on the Antarctic ice to the race to put the first man in space, here is an adventure anthology packed with enough action to satisfy both the hardened explorer and armchair traveller alike.
About this author
Richard Nelsson is the Guardian's chief librarian and editor of The Guardian Book of Mountains.