95 years ago today

Scott at Pole with Amundsen’s Tent

From an email sent today to all at pole right now:

It was 95 years ago today 1/17/12 that Scott arrived at 90 South. Upon seeing Amundsen’s tent (attached picture) his words: “The Pole….Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority….Now for the run home and a desperate struggle. I wonder if we can do it”

They didn’t make it home.

From what I understand of the first expeditions to the South Pole: Shackleton didn’t make it but made it back with all his men alive. Scott made it here, not first, but he and his team all died on the way back. Amundsen made it here first and made it back. Scott didn’t have margins in his planing and used ponies and themselves for hauling gear.  Amundsen used sled dogs he learned to handle preparing for going to the North Pole. The dogs were a much better choice.

Check out that tent.  I’ll post later a photo and description of where I’m sleeping.  While it is pretty basic, it’s a damn 5-star hotel in comparison to what those guys slept in.

One Response to “95 years ago today”

  1. Debra Says:

    That’s a skillful answer to a dilcfiuft question

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