March 25, 1913: Amundsen lectures in San Francisco

–from the San Francisco Chronicle, March 25 1913— “Captain Roald Amundsen, discoverer of the South Pole, held a large audience intensely intereste at Scottish Rite Hall last evening with his lecture on the experiences of the hardy band of Norwegian explorers, which successfully negotiated the formidable Ross barrier and planted the flag of their country … More March 25, 1913: Amundsen lectures in San Francisco

February 9-10, 1912: The Fram heads north, out of the frigid zone

–from Amundsen’s account “To the South Pole”– “Two days of fresh south-east wind took us comparatively quickly past the Balleny Islands, and on February 9 we could congratulate ourselves on being well out of the south frigid zone.  It was with joy that we had crossed the Antarctic Circle over a year ago, going south; … More February 9-10, 1912: The Fram heads north, out of the frigid zone

January 25, 1912: Amundsen reaches home base–Framheim

–from his account, “To the South Pole”– “The journey from 80 S. to Framheim has been so often described that there is nothing new to say about it.  On January 25, at 4 a.m., we reached our good little house again, with two sledges and eleven dogs; men and animals all hale and hearty. “We … More January 25, 1912: Amundsen reaches home base–Framheim

Antarctic Spring: Framheim, September 29, 1911

From Amundsen’s account: “On September 29 a still more certain sign of spring appeared–a flight of Antarctic petrels. They came flying up to us to bring the news that now spring had come–this time in earnest. We were delighted to see thise fine, swift birds again. They flew round the house several times to see … More Antarctic Spring: Framheim, September 29, 1911

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 … More The race for the South Pole: Amundsen feels the heat

Amundsen waxes poetic

From Amundsen’s diary August 23, 1911, at Framheim on the Bay of Whales: “I tried to work up a little poetry—’the ever-restless spirit of man’—’the mysterious, awe-inspiring wilderness of ice’—but it was no good; I suppose it was too early in the morning.  I abandoned my efforts, after coming to the conclusion that each sledge … More Amundsen waxes poetic