By Alastair Vere Nicoll
Leaving the protection of acquaintances, paintings, and a spouse, Alastair Vere Nicoll joined a workforce of younger males to harness the katabatic winds and haul and kite-surf throughout Antarctica: the coldest, windiest, so much violent continent in the world. no longer on the grounds that Shackleton approximately perished trying a similar factor in his patience day trip had this type of crossing been tried. this is often the tale not just of the 1st West-to-East traverse of the continent of Antarctica, yet of the crossing of 2 stages within the author's life--from formative years into manhood, delusion into truth. it's also the tale of a race opposed to time, as he fought to get domestic for the start of his first baby. As Alastair battled throughout the freezing wastes, exploring the earth's wildest continent and his inner most self, he was once haunted by means of the ghosts of earlier explorers and through the query of what it truly is to be a "modern man."