Author(s): Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald
Based on the high-rating TV show, First Crossings, this book follows modern-day New Zealand adventurers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald as they recreate extreme journeys of pioneer New Zealand explorers. Kevin and Jamie don't just take the same routes, they also wear the same clothes, use the same equipment and try the same food. While fascinating, this approach also leads to the pair finding themselves in some terrifying, death-defying and very uncomfortable situations. It's certainly an eye-opener as to how tough our pioneer adventurers were. The book adds a great more detail and background to each of the stories - both the historical backgrounds and also Kevin and Jamie's reactions to the stories and to their attempts at recreating them. Of the ten stories, five are from the first series and five from the second. They include Whitcombe and Lauper's first crossing of the Southern Alps; Grave and Talbot's attempt to find a pass into Milford Sound; Fyfe and Graham's ascent of Mt de la Beche. As well as several 19th century stories, First Crossings includes 20th century explorations such as Edmund Hillary's solo ascent of Mt Tapuaenuku, and Kelly Tarlton's diving of the Elignamite wreck (i.e. treasure hunting). Kevin and Jamie are no strangers to extreme conditions. They were the first Kiwis to walk the 1200km journey to the South Pole unaided (read about this in Kevin Biggar's Escape to the Pole) and they also set a new world record for rowing across the Atlantic in 2003 (see The Oarsome Adventures of a Fatboy Rower).
Kevin Biggar was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group when he decided to take part in the world's toughest endurance event, the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race, with fellow adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald. The incredible story of Kevin's transformation from couch potato to world record holder is told in The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower published by Random House and awarded the Sunday Star-Times 'Sports Book of the Year 2008'. His next adventure saw him and Jamie Fitzgerald trekking unsupported to the South Pole, and Escape to the Pole tells that story. Kevin now hosts popular TV series First Crossings where he and Jamie re-create some epic first crossings in rugged settings.
Jamie Fitzgerald, co-author with Kevin Biggar of adventure odyssey First Crossings (based on the high-rating television series), is a world-class adventurer who has become one of New Zealand's most sought-after management consultants and keynote speakers. A modern-day pioneer, Jamie has helped thousands of people around the world harness strategy and leadership to excel in high-performance cultures.