December 14, 1911, 90º S

Since November 1, while we've been going about our lives, working, eating, sleeping, writing, fighting, protesting, shopping, laughing, and singing, Scott and Amundsen marched south. And 100 years ago today, Amundsen and four other members of the Norwegian expedition became the first human beings to reach the South pole. They established a camp, named it… Continue reading December 14, 1911, 90º S

The Pole Journey ~ November 6 – 10, 1911

After reaching the depot at 82º S on the fifth, it appears that Amundsen's party tarried for two days to rest and resupply before continuing their journey on the 8th. Amundsen's brief account of the next several days describes the daily trek of thirty-some miles as if it were a leisurely stroll through the Tuscan… Continue reading The Pole Journey ~ November 6 – 10, 1911

The Pole Journey ~ November 1 – 5, 1911

For those of you wondering how the polar explorers have been faring, below are excerpts from their accounts of the last few days. As of the 5th, Amundsen has reached a latitude of 82º S., where his last supply depot had been laid, 893 kilometers from the Pole. Scott has not yet reached his One… Continue reading The Pole Journey ~ November 1 – 5, 1911

Ponies seemed like a good idea at the time

One hundred years ago today, on November 1, 1911, Robert Falcon Scott and a party of sixteen men, dogs, ponies, and motor sledges left their temporary Antarctic home at Cape Evans to begin the march to the South Pole. Scott had known since January of that year that rival polar explorer Roald Amundsen was also… Continue reading Ponies seemed like a good idea at the time