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The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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Mar 14, 2012

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Read from March 14 to 29, 2012

This is a first hand account of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1912. The expedition's goal was to send the first party to the South Pole, as well as other parties to do scientific research. The book was well written, although it got slightly dryer and hard to follow when Cherry quotes extensively from letters and journals of his fellow explorers. The book really gets exciting when Cherry, Wilson and Bowers went on a journey during the Antarctic winter to get specimens of Penguin Eggs. In complete darkness and with temperatures sometimes 100 degrees below freezing, it was this journey that he called the Worst in the World. Undergoing terrible sufferings to reach their destination, they were stranded when a storm struck destroying their hut and blowing away much of their gear. I will not give any way, but they finally made it back although barely alive.

Cherry also recounts the journey to the pole, and the supply journeys to put out the depots. This book gives a good counterpoint to Huntford's Last Place on Earth, which is very critical of Scott in comparison to Amundsen. Although I think Huntford is right in general, it is good to hear one of Scott's men defend him.
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