Why do explorers put themselves in dangerous situations? And, once the worst possible situation occurs, how do they find the resources to survive? In answering these questions, Benedict Allen weaves a series of tales from his own experience as well as that of other explorers including Columbus, Cortez, Scott, Shakelton, Stanley, Livingstone and their modern counterparts: Joe Simpson and Ranulf Fiennes.

Into the Abyss 2007, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571223954

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Into the Abyss 2006, Faber & Faber, London, England

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