The adventure of Earth: These tales range from the author's first mountain hike as a young man in his native Austria and his increasingly extreme climbs in the Alps to expeditions and adventures on all continents, where survival was sometimes only a matter of luck. One chapter describes his first expedition to the Karakoram, in 1961, another the third ascent of the perilous 8514m-high Lhotse in the Himalayas, in 1979. The book includes the gripping story of the Austrian expedition to the South Pole, in 1985/86, when their ship Southern Quest sank, crushed by pack-ice, and the crew only just managed to escape on an ice-floe. Excellent, sometimes spectacular photos bring to life this vivid account of daring adventures in a natural world of breathtaking splendour.
Wolfgang Axt (born 1935), is a pensioned teacher and extreme mountain climber. Together with Werner Groß he was the first to climb the direct route on the Droites North Face in the the Mont Blanc massif. 1961 he conquered Mount Ghent (7401 m) in the Karakorum mountain range on a solo climb. He was member of the Austrian South Pole expedition in 1985/86. Another highlight of his career as a mountaineer was the participation of the international Mount-Everest-Expedition in 1971.