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The Modern Explorers

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

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Thrilling, first-hand accounts by men and women who are the modern heirs of the great explorers of previous ages

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The spirit of exploration is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Any idea that there is nowhere left to explore is totally disproved by the adventures of the explorers showcased here. Through thirty-nine vivid, mostly first-hand accounts, we gain unique insight into what it is actually like to be on an expedition - to be dragged through the top of the rainforest canopy in an inflatable raft suspended from a balloon; to walk across fiercely inhospitable desert with your water supply running out; to inch up a sheer rock wall to conquer a summit never climbed before; to pedal a boat solo across the Pacific; to venture on the trail of fossil dinosaurs; or to stand on the edge of an erupting volcano...

Here are challenging and epic journeys to some of the remotest parts of the plant in extremes of temperature and aridity, frequently alone and on the edge of danger. Dramatic photographs taken on these expeditions, often at the very moment of discovery or peril, add to the sense of adventure. From the frozen poles to the hottest deserts, from mountaintops to the depths of the oceans and underground caves, all terrains are covered.

Some of the featured explorers are already celebrated internationally, others are young or less well known and just starting to make their mark; hailing from all parts of the globe, they share a common passion, courage and resilience.

The Modern Explorers will inspire anyone who wants to feel the thrill of exploration and share the euphoria of these intense voyages. It also shows how exploration continues to deepen our understanding of our world and its wild places, as well as how we might preserve them for future generations.

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'Breathtaking accounts of expeditions from almost 40 contemporary explorers'
Adventure Travel Magazine

Further Details


Format: Hardback

Size: 24.6 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 268

Publication date: 9 September 2013

ISBN: 9780500516843

Contents List

Introduction: An Alliance with Adventure • Polar: Ran Fiennes; Liv Arnesen; Borge Ousland; Pen Hadow; Mikael Strandberg • Desert: Michael Asher; Jon Muir; John Hare; Arita Baaijens; Robert Twigger; Bruno Baumann • Rainforest: Ghillean Prance; Sydney Possuelo; J. Michael Fay; Wade Davis; Meg Lowman; Martin Holland • Mountain: Stephen Venables; Chris Bonington; Rebecca Stephens; Haraldur Sigurdsson; Karen Darke • Ocean: Tim Severin; Henk de Velde; Jeff Macinnis; Jon Turk; Jason Lewis • River: John Blashford-Snell; Robin Hanbury-Tenison; Lorenzo and Mirella Ricciardi; Wong How Man; Michel Peissel • Under Sea, Under Land: George Bass; Andy Eavis; Jean-Francois Pernette • Lost Worlds: Mark Norell; Tahir Shah; Franck Goddio; Johan Reinhard

About the Author

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a well-known explorer, author, film-maker, conservationist and campaigner. A veteran of over forty expeditions, he is a leading member of the Royal Geographical Society and Survival International. His books include The Seventy Great Journeys in History and, as editor, The Oxford Book of Exploration.

Robert Twigger is the author of numerous books, including Angry White Pyjamas, Big Snake, Voyageur and Lost Oasis.

List of Contributors

Robert Twigger, Ranulph Fiennes, Liv Arnesen, Børge Ousland, Pen Hadow, Mikael Strandberg, Michael Asher, Jon Muir, John Hare, Arita Baaijens, Robert Twigger, Bruno Baumann, Ghillean Prance, Sydney Possuelo, J.Michael Fay, Wade Davis, Meg Lowman, Martin Holland, Stephen Venables