534 pages, 52 b/w illustrations, 1 map
A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
On 14 December 1911, Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) and his Norwegian team became the first humans to reach the South Pole, a month before their ill-fated British rivals under the leadership of Robert Falcon Scott. Reissued here is the 1912 English translation of Amundsen's two-volume account of how this extraordinary and perilous feat was achieved. Illustrated throughout with illuminating maps and photographs, the text contains important details relating to matters of climate, equipment, diet, sledging and survival in forbiddingly cold conditions over uncertain terrain. Underpinning Amundsen's success, the use of dogs, skis and fur clothing made possible the dash to the pole and back without the loss of human life. While careful to present the expedition in the best light, Amundsen's work remains essential reading in the history of Antarctic exploration. Volume 1 covers the early stages of the expedition prior to the start for the pole in October 1911.
The first account
1. The history of the South Pole
2. Plan and preparations
3. On the way to the south
4. From Madeira to the barrier
5. On the barrier
6. Depot journeys
7. Preparing for winter
8. A day at Framheim
9. The end of the winter
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