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 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

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