November 4, 1913: Ponting’s Motion Pictures of Scott

–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

February 9-10, 1912: The Fram heads north, out of the frigid zone

–from Amundsen’s account “To the South Pole”– “Two days of fresh south-east wind took us comparatively quickly past the Balleny Islands, and on February 9 we could congratulate ourselves on being well out of the south frigid zone.  It was with joy that we had crossed the Antarctic Circle over a year ago, going south; … More February 9-10, 1912: The Fram heads north, out of the frigid zone

January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, January 30.–R. 13. 9860.  Lunch Temp. -25.  Supper Temp.  -24.5.  Thank the Lord, another fine march–19 miles.  We have passed the last cairn before the depot, the track is clear ahead, the weather fair, the wind helpful, the gradient down–with any luck we should pick up our depot in the middle … More January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

January 10, 1912: On the plateau, the going gets tough

–from Scott’s diary– “Wednesday, January 10.–Camp 62.  T. -11.  Last depot 88 degrees 29′ S.; 159 degrees 33′ E.  Var. 180.  Terrible hard march in the morning; only covered 5.1 miles (geo.)  Decided to leave a depot at lunch camp.  Built cairn and left one week’s food together with sundry articles of clothing.  We are  … More January 10, 1912: On the plateau, the going gets tough

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: Ascending to the Plateau

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, December 26.–Lunch.  Bar. 21-11.  Four and three quarter hours, 6-3/4 miles (geo.)  Perhaps a little slow after plum-pudding, but I think we are getting on to the surface which is likely to continue the rest of the way.  There are still mild differences of elevation, but generally speaking the plain is … More December 26, 1911: Ascending to the Plateau

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