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 Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World— “Nearly midday. 11-12 miles south of One Ton. . . .Then Atkinson read the lesson from the Burial Service from Corinthians. Perhaps it has never been read in a more magnificent cathedral and under more impressive circumstances–for it is a grave which kings must envy. … More November 12, 1912: A burial on the Barrier
–from Frank Debenham’s diary published as “The Quiet Land”– “As to what may have happened. Atch [Dr. Atkinson] and Charles [Wright] who both know the Beardmore, think the whole party has gone down a crevasse. I, with less knowledge, but the delay down to bad health, in fact to the dreaded scurvy which showed in … More April 28, 1912 continued: “As to what may have happened. . . .”
–from Frank Debenham’s account published as “In the Quiet Land”– “12.3.12: Charles [Wright] has shipped his pendulums into the darkroom. He is sitting beside me reading The Rosary and is totally absorbed–you have to hit him with a hammer to get an answer! “The others of the ‘Afterguard’ at the hut are Gran and Nelson. … More March 12, 1911: The Pole Party imagined to be in the home stretch
–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