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Pole to Pole

Day 138: Punta Arenas to Patriot Hills

Michael Palin - Pole to Pole'Well, I think if anything Dad really almost discouraged us from going to the mountains . . . he really didn't particularly want any of his children to get into mountaineering.'

Whatever went wrong, Peter seems to have become the best sort of enthusiast - resourceful, adventurous and well aware of taking it all too seriously.

With Bruce and the Vinson party gone a certain tranquillity returns to the base. Kazama-San's team are putting up their own tents. His motorcycle stands, like a council sculpture, in the middle of the camp. Fraser is taking photographs of a shovel - 'through' a shovel, he insists. Nigel is sipping Scotch in the sunshine outside our tent. It's two hours after midnight but none of us can take our eyes off this shiny white landscape.
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 138
  • Country/sea: Antarctica
  • Place: Patriot Hills
  • Book page no: 312

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