‘The cracked and fissured ice-pack offers no comfortable reassurance – no glimmer of any reward to the traveller who has made his way to the top of the world. The Arctic Ocean, known to the Victorians as the Sea of Ancient Ice, stares balefully back as we descend towards it, reflecting nothing but the question: Why?’
After Around the World in Eighty Days, less than three years from being shut out of the Reform Club, Michael was offered a journey that would be longer, harder and more dangerous. In Pole to Pole, the second of Michael’s great adventures, he sets out to travel from one end of the earth to the other following the 30 degrees east line of longitude.
Travelling by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, Michael experiences every extreme the world has to offer. Braving the cold grip of the Arctic Circle, and the swirling snowstorms of Spitsbergen, Palin has to cope with friendly locals, occasional gunfire and his own unruly digestive system before he can finally stand in Scott’s shoes at the South Pole, in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
This collectible hardback edition was originally released by the BBC in 1992.