December 1, 1911

On this date Scott’s party, their rate of travel determined by the speed of their horse transport, have been on the trail for one month.  At 81 degrees South latitude, they have come about 350 miles, less than half the distance from Cape Evans to the South Pole.  Having closed with the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, they are nearing … More December 1, 1911

Amundsen near the Plateau: November 28, 1911

From “To the south Pole”: “I see that my diary for November 28 does not begin very promisingly:  ‘Fog, fog–and again fog.  Also fine faling snow, which makes the going impossible.  Poor beasts, they have toiled hard to get the sledges forward today.’  But the day did not turn out so badly after all, as … More Amundsen near the Plateau: November 28, 1911

Amundsen on the South Polar Plateau: November 25, 1911

“We all had taken a turn outside to look at the weather, and were sitting on our sleeping-bags discussing the poor prospect. . .’Shall we try it?’. . . .No sooner was the proposal submitted than it was accepted unanimously and with acclimation. . . .All the qualities that I most admire in a man … More Amundsen on the South Polar Plateau: November 25, 1911

Amundsen Makes the Plateau: November 22, 1911

“The holiday humour that ought to have prevailed in the tent that evening–our first on the plateau–did not make its appearance; there was depression and sadness in the air–we had grown so fond of our dogs.  The place was named the “Butcher’s Shop.”  It had been arranged that we should stop here two days to … More Amundsen Makes the Plateau: November 22, 1911

“Now the unknown lay before us”: Amundsen’s on His Way

November 6, 1911.  8:00 a.m. Now the unknown lay before us; now our work began in earnest.  The appearance of the Barrier was the same everywhere–flat, with a splendid surface. At the first beacon we put up we had to shoot Lucy.  We were sorry to put an end to this beautiful creature, but there … More “Now the unknown lay before us”: Amundsen’s on His Way