December 24, 1911: Christmas Eve on the plateau

from Lt. Edward “Teddy” Evans account, “South With Scott” “On Christmas Eve we were 8,000 feet above the Barrier, and we imagined we were clear of crevasses and pressure ridges.  We now felt the cold far more when marching than we had done on the Beardmore. “The wind all the time turned our breath into … More December 24, 1911: Christmas Eve on the plateau

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