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HELLBENT FOR THE SOUTH POLE Geoffrey Lee Martin 2007 1st ed Paperback Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By Martin, Geoffrey Lee
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New Zealand, Random House, 2007, 1st edition. 120 full color photos. Large format paperback, only edition. Fine. 

SIGNED on the title page by Edmund Hillary.

Late in 1957 two field parties set off from different sides of the Antarctic continent, both headed towards the South Pole. The intention was for one of those parties to successfully complete the first trans - Antarctic crossing. One party was led by Britain's Dr. Vivian Fuchs.
 
The second party, led by Edmund Hillary, was to lay fuel and supply depots along the route, to resupply the Fuchs party on the second part of their expedition. The New Zealanders were to wait 500 miles short of the South Pole until they were joined by Fuchs and his men, and the two parties would then travel back to where Hillary had started.
 
However, Hillary and his men reached the end of their planned journey several weeks before Fuchs could possibly meet up with them. So rather than wait in temperatures often below -30 degrees, consuming the supplies they had painstakingly carried with them, they decided to forge on to the South Pole - and a controversy was born. 
The controversy was that this was the second time that this energetic Kiwi named Hillary had gone along on a British expedition and twice he beat them to their goal!  Fuchs was definitely not pleased to come in second to a colonial!
 
Geoffrey Lee Martin was in the Antarctic covering the story for the New Zealand Herald and the Daily Telegraph. This is his account of the great adventure. Geoffrey Lee Martin was a journalist who first joined the New Zealand Herald in 1945, later becoming chief of staff and then a feature writer. He also worked for the Daily Telegraph in London and was widely traveled. He died in 2011.

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