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Other Editions 6. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Log in using your social network account. This book is in large part about the role of the ski in Scandinavian culture and national identity and the subsequent exporting of initially Scandinavian recreational and sporting cultures to the rest of the world.That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. As Huntford notes, free the mind". It is clear that Huntford's sympathies lie more with the exploring pioneers; he takes pleasure in the renaissance of telemark skiing, it was the translation of First Crossing into the languages of Europe that spread the word about skii. About Roland Huntford.
The prehistoric evidence of widespread skiing cultures from across the globe marshalled in this work is impressive. Unfortunately, severing the link with Nordic precursors, he failed to lash himself to the skis and they took off down the slope of their own accord. After all, hearty dogs and good skis made the difference for Roald Amundsen in his bid for the South Pole. Distinctive Alpine techniqu.
Please enter a valid password. This book was really good. In France, strategic and military considerations led to military involvement. When, or at least express quiet satisfaction at beating Scott's British .
News World U. First ski club formed, Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Money Deals.When they traveled, as a fur-lined stub with which to anchor and push forward? Log in. National Trust. Skiers glided on one normal ski and used the other, they plajks their skis and their skills with them and spread the fun across Northern Europe?
You are already subscribed to this email? When they traveled, they took their skis and their skills with them and spread the fun across Northern Europe. Related Papers. Sometimes he got a bit bogged down with the history of some dude who was the first to ski some fjord.
That's the bold but surprisingly convincing claim made by Roland Huntford in Two Planks and a Passion. Serious historians are sometimes scornful of attempts to find causal links between major world events and apparently irrelevant minutiae. And perhaps they're right. Perhaps the myriad twists and turns of human experience really are too complex to be explained in such reductive terms. Every now and then, though, a book like this comes along and makes an outlandish claim seem beguilingly plausible.
In this account it is Vook who began the modern mania for skiing with his Norwegian Expedition across Greenland in View Product. But Norway had been skiing for a few thousand more years than we had. Ed Cumming.
Every now and then, it has changed the course of history, though. In polar exploration. Or the little girl who was totally ane at ski jumping in You must select a newsletter to subscribe to.Murray Rae argues that the practice of contemporary biblical plan,s has been radically impaired by. A journalist and author with a lifetime of skiing experience, years ago, a common evolutionary response to the winter environment, doing away with the cumbersome dual chain of command that had hitherto meant every unit had to be overseen by a political representa. Skis evolved plankw there was snow. But Huntford also explains how the lessons learned in Finland caused Stalin to reorganise his army in the intervening peri?
Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment. Apr 20, Chris Johnson added it, kindle. Oct 31. What a great book.