If there’s one thing you can count on…

... come November, if I'm writing here, I'm going to mention that chilly word: Antarctica. Mt. Erebus, photo by Anthony Powell So here we are, and the story this time is Ernest Shackleton's. Surely you've heard of him and his polar exploits: his farthest south (along with our old friends Scott and Wilson) as a… Continue reading If there’s one thing you can count on…

After this, I’ll be quiet about Antarctica for awhile

They did it. They walked 1800 miles in 105 days, following Scott's footsteps, and made it back to safety at Scott Base, Antarctica. And made history. The band of armchair explorers followed on the blog, Google Earth, and Twitter yesterday evening as Ben and Tarka walked the final miles. The online community was buzzing. I… Continue reading After this, I’ll be quiet about Antarctica for awhile

The real goal is coming home

For the two or three of you not following the Scott Expedition blog on Boxing Day, refreshing your screen every hour through the evening, I'm happy to report that Ben and Tarka made it to the South Pole on December 26, 2013. As Ben puts it, the scene was nothing like Scott's arrival in that… Continue reading The real goal is coming home

How the story ends

If you were reading this blog last year this time, you'll remember that we followed Robert Falcon Scott in his journey to the South Pole and back (or nearly). 100 years ago today, eight months after Scott and the polar party perished, just 11 miles from One Ton Depot, where extra fuel and food was… Continue reading How the story ends

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