Exploration and Adventure
Lost Cities, Lost Explorers
Discover Colonel Fawcett's likely fate while searching for the Amazon s Lost City of Z. Read sample chapters from this forthcoming e-book.
Following Roosevelt down the
River of Doubt
Explorer George M. Dyott was frantic. His expedition was turning into a disaster. A jungle-lined, obstruction-filled Brazilian river had just claimed one of his three canoes. Its two-man crew had disappeared, but not before he heard one of the men yell he was drowning. The sunken canoe's cargo of scarce food, photographs and movie film had also gone under. Dyott's mission, sponsored by the Roosevelt Memorial Association, was to film Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 route down the River of Doubt. Now, thirteen years after that river snatched the ex-president's film and pictures, it looked like it would take Dyott's as well. And the river's swallowing the expedition's food supplies put the explorers in danger of starving to death. His men had endured bandits, whitewater rapids, exhausting jungle portages, hostile cannibal Indians and maddening insects. Could they now survive starvation brought on by meager rations? A true story.
Three men stood talking on the deck of the two-masted schooner Director. The ship had just dropped anchor in the harbor at Suva, Fiji. One man was a local planter named Robinson. The other two were the Fahnestock brothers, the schooner's owners. The three chatted easily, discussing Fijian myths and legends. But the two brothers perked up when they heard the man say "slabs of stone." Their minds raced. Slabs of stone. Could this be the clue, they wondered, that would lead them to unraveling the secrets of a long-lost people of the South Pacific? The two brothers immediately set out to discover the stones and find out their secret. A true story.
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Snakes in Tents
Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews suffered from a phobia. Many people share his aversion, but considering he was a naturalist for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, his was rather unusual -- "All my life I have loathed snakes," he wrote. Still, his occupation forced him into close encounters with the reptiles.Ordeal: Lost and Facing Death
in a Remote, Frozen Forest
A true tale of the crew of U.S. Navy free balloon A-5598 which, in 1920, smashed down in a remote winter forest in northern Ontario, Canada. The three Navy officers, ill-equipped to be lost in a snow-covered woodland, faced a days-long life and death struggle against cold, hunger and exhaustion. But luck was with them. A dog and a Cree Indian each played a role in saving the balloonists. Still, the story ended regrettably.
Leopard on the Loose:
Adventurer Frank Buck tackles an escaped leopard
Adventurer and animal collector Frank Buck stood on the ship's rolling deck face to face with a leopard that had escaped its cage. Man and animal eyed each other. Buck was armed, but he didn't want to shoot the leopard. He wanted to get it back into its cage. He knew, though, that might be as easy as squeezing toothpaste back into its tube.