From our distant African origins to the igloo-dwelling Greenland Inuit, humankind has always extended our reach into whatever new and unexplored land lay at our domestic frontiers. We have not shied away from the most extreme of environments. Rather, we have learned, through trial and error, how to enter, how to survive and even thrive … More “All or nothing: When do you take the big risk?” Sometimes you just have to plunge ahead.
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
–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 Scott’s diary– “Saturday, February 17.– “A very terrible day. Evans looked a little better after a good sleep, and declared, as he always did, that he was quite well. He started in his place on the traces, but half an hour later worked his ski shoes adrift, and had to leave the sledge. The … More February 17, 1912: The death of Petty Officer Edgar “Taff” Evans
–from Scott’s diary– “Monday, February 12.–R. 26. In a very critical situation. All went well in the forenoon, and we did a good long march over a fair surface. Two hours before lunch we were cheered by the sight of our night camp of the 18th December, the day after we made our depot–this showed … More February 12, 1912: Scott’s party lost on the glacier
–from Edward Wilson’s diary– “Sun 4 Feb. . . .Since the last depot we have been having extra food, making a week last 6 days, I believe, and we are grateful for it, 4 biscuits for lunch and fat hooshes always now. Evans is feeling the cold a lot always getting frost bitten. Titus’ toes … More February 5, 1912: The polar party’s slow decline
–from his diary– Wednesday, January 17. Camp 69. T. -22 at the start. Night -21. The Pole. yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected. We have had a horrible day–add to our disappointment a head wind 4 to 5, with a temperature -22, and companions labouring on with cold feet and hands. “We … More January 17, 1912: Scott reaches the South Pole