Every accomplishment of every kind, from insignificant to monumental and the whole range between, starts with an idea and then proceeds through plan and execution to accomplishment. Simple enough in concept, especially for the thousands of minor accomplishments that constitute our daily lives: get breakfast, get to work, get home to dinner, get to bed. … More “Will the Results be Worth the Effort?” Extreme decisions in the heroic era. . .
Like it or not, “luck” can have a lot to do with the outcomes of our efforts. Apparently random sequences of events beyond our control can determine the success of our endeavors, for good or ill. The most carefully planned and industriously executed plans can come to naught, or worse, in the sudden confluence of … More ”Luck” and Discovery
While holding a book event for “When Your Life Depends on It” yesterday, I was asked to talk about some of the bad decisions that were made. A very short, unqualified answer could be: “There are no bad decisions, only bad results.” Decisions quickly made under extreme circumstances in the face of sudden unforeseen hardships … More Re: What About the Bad Decisions?
—from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “January 26th, Wednesday. Up at 5 o’clock. Then a talk during breakfast. Arriving at the conclusion to keep the tent pitched. The weather being clear and no clouds, we decided to investigate and search for a passage through. Skipper, Richy, and self roped together, I taking the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 26, 1916: “. . . and then we saw the Great Beardmore Glacier. . .”
–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “October 26th, Tuesday. Up 5.30. Slept the sleep of the just. Temp. -26. Under way as usual. Sighted our Corner Camp (10 miles south of Safety Camp) 10.25, reaching same 12.25. Lunch. Here we had left a large quantity of stores on the way out. Now we … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, October 26-27, 1915: “So ended our first depot laying journey.”
Author and polar historian David Hirzel is pleased to announce the publication of his latest book, “Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s Discovery Expedition 1901-1904” at Craobh Haven Scotland. This book recounts the start of the Irish explorer’s time in the Antarctic that included his notable adventures in Scott’s Terra Nova expedition (“Sailor on Ice” … More Craobh Haven Scotland. May 3, 2015: “Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s ‘Discovery’ Expedition 1901-1904”
–from the San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 1913– “There is a splendid series of motion pictures on exhibition this week at the Savoy Theater, pictures all of which were taken by Herbert Ponting who was the official artist of Captain Scott’s Expedition to the South Pole. Some of the pictures are truly remarkable for their … More November 4, 1913: Ponting’s Motion Pictures of Scott
–from a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle February 11, 1913– “Mrs. Robert F. Scott left San Francisco last Wednesday on the Australian line steamer Anorangi, sanguine in the hope that she would greet her husband within two months at some New Zealand port. When seen here Mrs. Scott said she was sorry for … More February 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen Scott)
–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “. . . . there now remained only about twenty small chips of cooked dog meat and a few ounces of chocolate which I had kept carefully guarded for emergencies. However, the wind and drift got up in the night and the start next morning was … More January 29, 1913: Mawson’s good luck and near miss
–from Tryggve Gran’s account The Norwegian with Scott— “17 November. Back to ‘One Ton Camp’. The bad weather disappeared yesterday and we had a pleasant march. The going was soft and we used our skis, which went well–just like home for once. I am using Scott’s skis; they at any rate will complete the 3,000-km … More November 17, 1912: Some notes from the doomed polar party