The race for the South Pole: Amundsen feels the heat

from Amundsen’s recollections, late August 1911

“–I’d give something to know how far Scott is today.–

“–Oh, he’s not out yet, bless you!  It’s much too cold for his ponies.–

“–Ah, but how do you know they have it as cold as this?  I expect it’s far warmer where they are, among the mountains; and you can take your oath they’re not lying icle.  Those boys have shown what they can do.–

“This was the sort of conversation one could hear daily.  The uncertainty was worrying many of us—not all—and, personally, I felt it a great deal.”


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