January 18, 1912: Amundsen discovers new land

–from Amundsen’s sledging diary– “Unusually fine weather to-day.  Light south-south-west breeze, which in the course of our march cleared the whole sky.  In 81 degrees 20′ we came abreast of our old big pressure ridges.   We now saw more of them than ever before.  They extended as far as the eye could see, running northe-east … More January 18, 1912: Amundsen discovers new land

January 9, 1912: Skua gulls greet Amundsen on the Barrier

–from Amundsen’s account, “To the South Pole”– “That evening the weather improved, fortunately, and became comparatively clear by the time we resumed our journey at 10 p.m.  Not long after we sighted one of our beacons.  It lay to the west, about 200 yards away.  We were thus not far out of our course; we … More January 9, 1912: Skua gulls greet Amundsen on the Barrier

December 29, 1911: Downhill now for Amundsen

–from his account “To the South Pole”– “On December 29 we went downhill more and more, and it was indeed tough work being a ski-runner.  The drivers stood so jauntily by the side of their sledges, letting themselves be carried over the plain at a phenomenal pace.  The surface consisted of sastrugi, alternating with smooth … More December 29, 1911: Downhill now for Amundsen

December 26, 1911: Amundsen homeward bound on the Plateau

–from his account “To the South Pole” “On the 26th we passed 88 degrees S., going well.  The surface appeared to have been exposed to powerful sunshine since we left it, as it had become quite polished.  Going over these polished levels was like crossing smooth ice, but this the important difference that here the … More December 26, 1911: Amundsen homeward bound on the Plateau

December 23, 1911: Amundsen’s on his way home

from his account, “South to the Pole”– “Christmas Eve was rapidly approaching.   For us it could not be particularly festive, but we should try to make as much of it as circumstances would permit.  We ought, therefore, to reach our depot that evening, so as to keep Christmas with a dish of porridge. “The night … More December 23, 1911: Amundsen’s on his way home

December 19, 1911: Amundsen starts for home

From his account, ‘To the South Pole’ “On December 19 we killed the first dog on the homeward trip.  This was Lasse, my own favorite dog.  He had worn himself out completely, and was no longer worth anything.  He was divided into fifteen portions, as nearly equal as possible, and given to his companions.  They … More December 19, 1911: Amundsen starts for home

December 16, 1911: Amundsen confirms the Pole

[The five men remained at the South Pole several days exploring the area, to confirm its exact location as closely as possible] From his account, “To the South Pole”– “Early next morning, December 16, we were on our feet again.  Bjaaland, who had now left the company of the drivers and been received with jubilation into … More December 16, 1911: Amundsen confirms the Pole