Amundsen Makes an Early Start

September 8, 1911: “We turned out as usual, had breakfast, an were then on the move. . . Our dogs were in a fearful state of excitement and confusion that morning, but at last everything was ready, barring one or two trifles. . . The going was splendid, and we went at a rattling pace to the south. We did not go very far the first day–eleven and three quarter miles–and pitched our camp at 3:30. The first night out is never very pleasant, but this time it was awful.”


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