Mao Yilei Releases New Memoir, THE TOP OF THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD!
Mao Yilei was the team doctor for the Inland Detachment of the 25th China National Antarctic Research Expedition. Here, based on a personal diary he kept via vocoder, is Mao's chronicle of the expedition's heroic mission to build a permanent research station at the highest point of the Antarctic continent's ice-sheet. The Top of the Bottom of the World! was reached via the most extreme weather and topographical conditions known to man. It was done with a diverse mix of personalities assigned to the mission, and Mao retells their story with an upbeat, courageous sense of humor-a spirit equal to what nature and other complications laid on the path of their very difficult mission.
The Top of the Bottom of the World! is a real adventure story that has probably few equals in history. The team members are a stellar cast, expert in at least a couple of fields-the author is both a doctor and an expert mountaineer who has been proven capable of surviving extreme cold (he has been to the Mount Everest Base Camp and other venues). The logistics and preparation for the inland trek to ice-bound continent's highest point, 4,000 meters above sea level, was pored over detail by painstaking detail. On the inland expedition itself, a strong but easygoing, sometimes ribald, camaraderie was developed-they knew the team must work together well in order to survive and accomplish their task. All these happen on the most mysterious and dangerous continent on earth-a terrible beauty whose tantrums they had to respect and survive.
With temperatures reaching 60 below Fahrenheit zero, they would brave snowstorms and overcome technical difficulties such as constantly changing plans, impossible loads, discontented construction workers and low pay...Were they taking crazy risks? Was the research expedition a foolish endeavor? With heroic truth and human nature in the face of the cruelest climactic conditions, Mao's own vivid descriptions and well-thought insights, The Top of the Bottom of the World! is a larger than life story of human achievement-human exploration in extreme environments-worthy of reading for many years to come.