Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey -- Laurence McKinley Gould

October 13, 2011

Now available in paperback!

The riveting account of an adventurous undertaking by Laurence McKinley Gould, the extraordinary leader and scholar who served as president of Carleton from 1945 to 1962, a seminal time in the college’s history.Dr. Gould was the Second in Command on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928-30.

• 258 pages, in paperback, with 50+ historic images scanned from the 1931 edition of Cold and materials at the National Archives.


Praise for Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey…

"More than 80 years ago, Larry Gould went to Antarctica as second in command on Richard E. Byrd’s first expedition to that frozen, beautiful, mysterious and dangerous continent. Antarctic exploration has changed significantly since this time, yet Gould’s story continues to fascinate. His frank, and often poetic account of the sledge journey details life on the trail, including such things as the men and their relationship to the dogs, the joy in geological discoveries, and of course, the cold…. the brutal, biting, undeniable cold. Appropriate for the casual reader as well as the polar scholar, Cold remains an important account of life as an expedition member on what would be one of the most important expeditions in Antarctic exploration history."

Laura J. Kissel, Polar Curator

Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program

Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey can be purchased at the Carleton College bookstore, online at