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Blizzard: Race to the Pole
At the beginning of the last century, reaching the South Pole was the greatest terrestrial journey left to man. By the spring of 1912, the race was over—Robert Falcon Scott was dead and Roald Amundsen, the victor, was on his way home. Ever since, a debate has raged over whether Scott was an arrogant incompetent or whether he was the victim of bad luck. This book attempts t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by BBC Books
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A BBC documentary where they are attempting to reconstruct two expeditions to the South Pole by the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen (got to pole on 14-DEC-1911), and the British Naval Captain, Robert Falcon Scott (got to pole on 17-JAN-1912). On the Norwegian modern team are four Norwegians and one from the US and the British team is made up of 8 Britons. Instead of performing this "race" at the South Pole they ended up doing this in the northern hemisphere on the Greenland Ice Cap between April and J ...more
I read this for a 'Genre Challenge', the genre in question being Travel & Exploration. This was the story of how two teams of modern explorers, one British, one Norwegian, recreated the famous 1911 Scott/Amundsen "race" to the South Pole using only authentic equipment that would have been available at that time. Due to import restrictions on the dogs for pulling the sleds, they were unable to race in Antarctica to the actual South Pole so the entire recreation was relocated to Greenland.
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