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Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford

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My father-in-law is a ski-history nut. He can name nearly every World Cup downhill champion of the past 30 years. On his living room bookshelf you will find copies of Ski Racing magazine stretching back to the early s. After all, hearty dogs and good skis made the difference for Roald Amundsen in his bid for the South Pole. Somewhere along the way he abandoned his duty to include gripping stories and just started packing in trivia.

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The man is going to love “Two Planks and a Passion,” Roland In his earlier books, Huntford chronicled the race to the South Pole (“The Last.
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When, in , Amundsen became the first man to raise a flag over the South Pole, one might have expected him to celebrate, or at least express quiet satisfaction at beating Scott's British team. Instead, his first reflections were that "the skiing has been partly good, partly bad". - To browse Academia.

Prehistoric remains and rock drawings in Norway and Russia suggest skiing was used to hunt, and the earliest skis and snowshoes revolutionised prehistoric northern communities, opening up country impassable on foot. The oldest known ski, the Kalvtrask, is 5, years old and comes from northern Sweden. Placing skiing within its historical, social and political context, this is a compelling account, and definitive history, of an activity that has evolved over time into one of our most thriving leisure industries. He needed good sliding, preferably without any slip on the kick-off, to overtake his prey. He had to deal with the complexity of snow; almost a fourth state of matter. He had a technical bent and, to cope with the gamut of snow forms, evolved a bewildering variety of skis. It was an object lesson in adaption to circumstances.



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