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The South Pole

Roald Amundsen

Book Overview: 

In contrast to Scott’s South Pole expedition, Amundsen’s expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs) Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, and he used of skis more effectively. He pioneered an entirely new route to the Pole and they returned. In Amundsen’s own words: “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.” Short accounts by other members of the party are appended.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It may truly be said that he did honour to his firm and the nation to which he belongs.

Meanwhile we were hard at work, getting ready to sail. We decided to leave before the middle of August -- the sooner the better.

The Fram had been in dry dock, where the hull was thoroughly coated with composition. Heavily laden as the ship was, the false keel was a good deal injured by the severe pressure on the blocks, but with the help of a diver the damage was quickly made good.

The many hundred bundles of dried fish were squeezed into the main hold, full as it was. All sledging and ski outfit was carefully stowed away, so as to be protected as far as possible from damp. These things had to be kept dry, otherwise they, would become warped and useless. Bjaaland had charge of this outfit, and he knew how it should be treated.

As is right and proper, when all the goods had been shipped, it was the turn of the passengers. The Fram was anchored off F. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Few books have influenced my own adventuring more than this one. Amundsen's genius for planning and his singular toughness in risk-riddled explorations of the unknown impressed upon me the necessity of clear-headed foresight during an expedition. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the book for me

Колись цілком випадково надибав в інтернеті відскановану копію українського перекладу спогадів Руаля Амундсена про полярну подорож. Книгу видали у 1935 році, тож друкованого примірника зараз уже, мабуть, і не знайдеш. Але читати книгу з монітора – сумнівне задоволення. Тому скористався послугами кон

Roald Amundsen was one of the greatest explorers and this expedition is something that one really wants to read about. But while Amundsen was a great explorer, he is a horrible writer. Well of course, this was not his expertise. But the book is hard to go through as it is very tedious in many parts.

First hand account of the successful trek to the South Pole. Amundsen spends a great deal of time talking about logistics and placing of depots in preparation for his polar attempt. Also a lot of discussion (somewhat ruthlessly) in culling the sled dogs as they weakened or as food was needed. Overal

Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.The heroic age of polar exploration is defined by ambition, privation, bad luck compounded by bad planning, sometimes eating

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