By Gabrielle Walker
Antarctica is the main alien position on the earth, the one a part of the earth the place people may perhaps by no means live to tell the tale unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, such a lot of which specialize in just one element of its targeted strangeness. None has controlled to trap the total story—until now.
Drawing on her extensive travels around the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all of the major threads of lifestyles at the sizeable ice sheet into an problematic tapestry, illuminating what it relatively sounds like to be there and why it attracts such a lot of other kinds of individuals. along with her we witness state-of-the-art technology experiments, stopover at the South Pole, inn with American, Italian, and French researchers, force snowdozers, drill ice cores, and pay attention for the message Antarctica is sending us approximately our destiny in an age of worldwide warming.
This is an exciting journey to the farthest reaches of earth via the most effective technology writers operating this day.
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Continuing along the trail we get our first glimpse of Peacock Pool, 500 feet below. Although modest in size, its sparkle and color dramatically set it off from the stark surroundingsand given its blue-green shimmer, the analogy with a peacock's plumage is well-taken. Further along, you see Columbine Falls, a delicate macrame of rivulets braiding and unbraiding over the rocks from trail height to Peacock Pool, 150 feet below. The next section of trail provides a surprising contrast to what lies behind and ahead as it continues through a marshy alpine meadow, hopscotching a stream whose former meanders define a chain of small reflecting pools.
The trail continues, sometimes moderately ascending, sometimes, moderately descending. There are enough descending sections to make the net altitude gain of 1,606 feet from trailhead to summit a misleading indication of the effort involved. 5 mile mark the trail splitsthe left branch heads northeast to Glacier Basin, and the right branch heads southeast up to Estes Cone. And up it is, for in the next half-mile the trail climbs 750 feet, with the last 30 feet a rock scramble closer to perpendicular than to horizontal.
The reward is a spectacular, straight-down view of Chasm Lake, and an unbeatable view of The Diamond, that precipitous upper portion of the East Face that has challenged the best rock climbers for decades. The ridge melds into the edge of the East Face where the old cable route took hikers to the peak. Considered a defacement, the cables were removed in 1973, and this route is now rated as a technical climb. 5 miles from the Boulder Field and 500 feet above it. Framed against the sky like the claws of a crab posturing defiance, it's one of the most extraordinary features in this extraordinary landscape.
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker