London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. Near Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition, 1st Printing. Signed by Hillary, [9x6in]; 255 pp., frontispiece image of Hillary and Fuchs at South Pole, 31 plates of 45 black and white images, 6 maps and 2 diagrams, index; Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine; Light blue dust jacket with black, white and orange lettering on front and spine, illustration of Hillary by Michael Ross on front; Minimal shelf wear to edges and corners, small glue stain and bookplate of Steve Fossett on front end papers; Minimal shelf wear to dust jacket with minor age toning to edges and slight soiling of back; [Conrad p. 397, Spence 593]. Item #13655
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) led the Ross sea Party Trans-Antarctic expedition 1955-1958. Sir Vivian Fuchs (1908-1999) led the Weddell Sea Party. They were both successful in accomplishing Shackleton's failed Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1914. However, they did it with modern mechanized SnowCats and radio communications. They also were assisted by the United States Operation Deep Freeze with equipment and logistics. Hillary was also an accomplished mountaineer that achieved, with Sherpa,Tenzing Norgay, the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953.
This expedition was one of many that participated in the International Geophysical Year research projects (July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958). Over 70 countries and organizations sent teams primarily to the Antarctic, Arctic and other remote areas in the world to coordinate collection of scientific data and discovery. During 1957, the United States established the Scott-Amundsen South Pole base as a permanent station and the Soviet Union launched the first orbiting satellite.
Steve Fossett (1944-2007) was a successful commodities trader and an adventurer that set world records in balloons, sailboats, gliders and unique powered aircraft. His 2,000 + book collection included significant and authoritative accounts of aeronautics, polar, Asia, Australasia, circumnavigation's, mountaineering and others. In 2007, Fossett disappeared on a solo flight in a light aircraft over the eastern Sierra Mountains along the California and Nevada border. The wreckage was found by hikers a year later along the rugged Mt. Ritter range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Madera County, about 10 miles east of Yosemite National Park.