In 1911, two group of explorers set off on an incredible mission. Though they used different strategies and route,
the leader of the teams had the same goal: to be the first in history to reach the south pole. Their stories are life-and-death.
One of the group was led by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Ironically, Amundsen had not original intended to go to Antarctica.
His desire was to the first to reach the north pole. But when he discovered that Robert Peary had beaten him there, Amundsen changed
his goal and headed to the other end of the earth. North or south he knew is planning will pay off.
Before his team ever set off, Amundsen had painstakingly planned his trip. He studied the methods of the eskimos and other experienced artic travelers and determined that their best course of action would be to transport their equipment and supplies through a dogsled. When he assembled his team, he chooses expert skiers and dog handlers. His strategy was simple. The dogs would do most of the work as the group travelled fifteen to twenty miles in a six hours’ day. That would afford both the dogs and men plenty of time to rest prior to the following day’s travel. Amundsen’s forethought and attention to details where incredible. He located and stored supplies depots all along the intended route. That way there would not have to carry a bit of their supplies with them the whole trip. He also equipped his people with every possible aspect of the worst problem they experienced on their trip was an infected tooth that one man had to have extracted.
The team of people was led by Robert falcon Scott, a British naval officer who had previously done some exploring in Antarctic area. Scott’s expedition was the antithesis of Amundsen’s. instead of using dogsled. Scott’s decided to use motorized sledge and ponics. Their problems began when the motors on the sledge stopped working only five days into the trip. The ponics didn’t fare well either in those frigid temperature, when they reach the foot of the transantarctic mountains, all of the poor animals have been killed. As a result, the team members themselves ended up hauling the two-hundred-pound sledges. It was arduous work.
Scott hadn’t given enough attention to the team’s other equipment either. Their clothes were poorly designed that all of the men developed frostbite. One team member required an hour every morning just to get his boots into his swollen, gregarious feet. Everyone became snow-blind because of the inadequate goggles Scotts had supplied. On top of everything else, the team always low on food and water.that was due to scott's poor planning.because they were continually low on fuel to melt...