Rankin Beyond The HorizonBe the first to review this product
Hardback, 208 pages, 335x250mm, 1.70kg, 2002
Although Robert Rankin has visited most remote places in Australia that are considered wild and remote, there are only a few of these that he returns to again and again. These are locations that have struck a chord with him – they epitomise what he sees as the character of the Australian wilderness or, at the very least, the type of experience he is seeking from this land. These places are the high mountains, the remote mountains and the exotic mountains. From the tropical splendour that is Hinchinbrook Island to the icy peaks of the Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps, to the glacially beautiful Western Arthur Range or the craggy peaks of Mount Barney and the Main Range of southern Queensland – these are the places he returns to again and again.
To explain what draws him to these mountains is the purpose of this book. Using a range of source materials, Robert Rankin traces the history of exploration of these wild places from the earliest known inhabitants to the present day. For his journeys of challenge and exploration, he chooses an extremely lightweight form of travel. This way, he can cover vast distances swiftly and easily. The text provides a fascinating insight into why he undertakes these demanding trips and the methods he uses. A large collection of colour photographs provides fine examples of the superb and pristine landscape that anyone who cares to follow in his footsteps can discover for themselves. At a time when nearly every corner of the globe has been explored and thoroughly documented, Robert Rankin shows how adventure and new challenges can still be found and enjoyed almost in our own backyard.
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