“All or nothing: When do you take the big risk?” Sometimes you just have to plunge ahead.

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.

December 19,1912: The Deutschland safe in harbor at last

–from Wilhelm Filchner’s account “To the Sixth Continent”– “The coast of South Georgia was blockaded by an impressive number of icebergs. Mount Paget, with its massive, show-white ridge, occasionally poked through the cloud cover in all its magnificence. “In superb weather, but with a strong headwind, we rounded the southwest tip of south Georgia on … More December 19,1912: The Deutschland safe in harbor at last

October 29, 1912: The Search Journey departs from Hut Point

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World– “October 29.  Hut Point.  The mule party, under Wright, consisting of Gran, Nelson, Crean, Hooper, Willamson, Keohane, and Lashly, left Cape Evans at 10:30 and arrived here at 5 p.m. after a good march in perfect weather.  They leave Debenham and Archer at the hut, … More October 29, 1912: The Search Journey departs from Hut Point

May 7, 1912: “A beautiful calm day for a change. . . .”

–from Frank Debenham’s account “The Quiet Land”– “7.5.12  A beautiful calm day for a change.  At noon today there was a glorious sunrise–or sunset.  Which does one say when the sun never appears?  The low stratus clouds to the north were a deep crimson against the dead white of the surface of the Barne Glacier … More May 7, 1912: “A beautiful calm day for a change. . . .”

April 28, 1912: From Cape Evans, “The facts appear to be these. . . .”

–from Frank Debenham’s diary, published as “The quiet Land”– “On the 26th they [Atkinson’s party to relieve Campbell’s northern party] got back to Hut Pt as reported by signal (blue lights) but we don’t know whether Campbell’s party are wit them or not. “No other signals have come and hope has gradually died.  I can’t … More April 28, 1912: From Cape Evans, “The facts appear to be these. . . .”

February 22, 1912: Bill Lashly and Lt. Teddy Evans make it to safety

–from Lashly’s diary, quoted in “The Worst Journey in the World”– [The dog teams summoned from Hut Point by Tom Crean after his incredible 30-mile walk, arrived to rescue Lashly and Evans at Corner Camp 20 February, but were unable to return immediately due to heavy weather] “22 February, 1912 “The wind went down about … More February 22, 1912: Bill Lashly and Lt. Teddy Evans make it to safety