“Will the Results be Worth the Effort?” Extreme decisions in the heroic era. . .

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. . .

Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

Terra Nova Press is pleased to announce the publication of our latest book When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision-Making Lessons from the Antarctic. Co-written by Brad Borkan (London), this book uses epic true stories from the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration to place the reader in those life and death situations and asks … More Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

This website was never intended for words other than those quoted from the members of the Antarctic exploring parties who risked their lives in the name of science and discovery. However, there is one book so compelling in its subject matter, so detailed and literate in its delivery, that it deserves a mention here, and … More 3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

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 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen 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)

January 29, 1913: Mawson’s good luck and near miss

–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

March 7, 1912: Amundsen and the Fram return to civilization

–from Amundsen’s account, “To the South Pole”- “Meanwhile we were nearing a pilot station, and a bustling little motor launch swung alongside.  ‘Want a pilot, captain?’  On positively started at the sound of the first new human voice.  communication with the outer world was again established.  The pilot–a brisk, good-humored old man–looked about him in … More March 7, 1912: Amundsen and the Fram return to civilization