Good Reading : April 2007
48 goodreading ı APRIL 2007 extreme photography coffee table To those of us who suffer from vertigo or just plain fear of heights, the exploits of mountaineers and explorers appear well nigh superhuman. Clinging to sheer cliff faces, dangling from ledges thousands of metres above the ground, hacking through almost impen- etrable jungle, mushing teams of huskies across dangerously thin ice – such feats are the stuff of legend, impossible for we humbler mortals to imagine doing. Gordon Wiltsie is not just a living exemplification of derring- do; he also manages to take sublime photographs while exploring the Earth’s most spectacular wild places. To the Ends of the Earth is a collection of his breathtaking photographs taken over three decades of daring expeditions, illuminated by stories to make your hair curl: near-drownings, injuries, surviving raging stor ms, plummeting rocks and breaking ice. Wiltsie accompanied many well-known expeditioners on their adventures, including Alex Lowe (who wrote the foreword shortly before being killed in a Himalayan avalanche), Jon Krakauer, and the amazing Norman Vaughan, who, in 1994, climbed a 3,140 m mountain less than 500 km from the South Pole – and reached the summit on his 89th birthday. Look, read and marvel! Alex Lowe leads the Triple Indirect route on Table Mountain above Cape Town, South Africa, while waiting for a flight to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.