Swiss Alps to Antarctic Glaciers – a Swiss- Australian story

The Journals of Dr Xavier Mertz Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914

SWISS-FLAG-red-Mertz-Ninnis-Murphy_150 (1)When Fate beckons the allure can be irresistible. When Swiss ski champion and mountaineer Xavier Mertz answered the call to experience extreme adventure on Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911–1914) he overcame many challenges. When his friend Belgrave Ninnis died unexpectedly on a sledging journey, the challenges resulting from that tragic event were insurmountable. Mertz struggled against the odds, but ultimately had no option but to surrender to his fate. Mertz was a keen photographer and this annotated English version of his journals, originally written in German, is enhanced by photographs taken by him and other members of the expedition. A comprehensive introduction and informative concluding chapters tell the story of Mertz and the subsequent story of his journals, giving greater insight into the world of this accomplished and talented adventurer, and greater insight into his vibrant and complex personality. The Mertz journals give us a first-hand account of a classic Antarctic story.

“The Mertz journals are the legacy of the first Swiss in Antarctica. A welcome addition to polar literature.” — Marcel Stutz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia

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Edited by Anna Lucas
Language: English
Binding: Softcover, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9925623-1-1
Price: $39.50 + postage