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Amundsenís winning race to South Pole remembered in 100th anniversary service
The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2011 | AP

Posted on 12/14/2011 5:50:12 AM PST by Cincinatus

OSLO, Norway — Norway’s prime minister, polar adventurers and scientists have gathered at the bottom of the world to mark the 100th anniversary of explorer Roald Amundsen becoming the first to reach the South Pole.

Under a crystal blue sky and temperatures of -40 F (-40 C), the group on Wednesday remembered Amundsen’s feat on the spot where he placed his flag on Dec. 14, 1911.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anniversary; exploration; poles
One hundredth anniversary today, memorably re-created in the must-see mini-series The Last Place on Earth
1 posted on 12/14/2011 5:50:22 AM PST by Cincinatus
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Extended story here.
2 posted on 12/14/2011 5:54:40 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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This is a remarkable tale, more so because of the Robert Falcon Scott failed and fatal expedition that was racing Amundsen to reach the Pole. Scott was the epitome of British courage and foolhardiness, insisting on ponies that consumed more than they carried and unproven motor sleds that broke down, while Amundsen relied on tried and tested dogs.

Just over a year earlier, American Robert E. Peary reached the North Pole amidst great controversy. Critics claimed he made speeds that were unattainable (several expeditions matched them, including Naomi Uemura's 1980s solo trek---and he didn't have the advantage of Bob Bartlett's trailbreaking parties). In 1983, I was allowed in the National Archives as one of the first to analyze the Peary 1909 Polar Diary since it had been sequestered by the family during the controversies in the 19teens. I published the results in "The Historian," and concluded that the appearance of the diary showed no fraud, no after-the-fact manipulation, that all pages were written in the same style and ink; that he indeed missed some pages at the pole and didn't re-start the diary til later (which I found entirely understandable because they wanted to plant the flag and get the hell out before warm water melted the ice behind them and trapped them), and so on.

Before there were astronauts, Peary and Amundsen were the last of the great explorers.

3 posted on 12/14/2011 6:21:49 AM PST by LS
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Some say Scott had much, much worse weather than Amundsen.

In any case, I recommend the brilliant British tv series “The Last Place on Earth.”


4 posted on 12/14/2011 6:24:52 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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I read the book about The Endurance. The crew members, when finally rescued after two years on the ice asked who won the Great War. They were informed that the war was still on and they had to serve.


5 posted on 12/14/2011 6:27:44 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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That’s Shackleton’s story, right? From the Pole to the Somme; some folks have no luck!


6 posted on 12/14/2011 6:30:45 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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Amundsons approach to the whole effort brought him the success. Scotts approach, though courageous, ended in disaster and planning was one of its biggest factors. I have had the privledge to be flying to the South Pole since 1994...enjoy every landing there. Have over 250 to my name just at South pole and many others to various locations on the snow all over Antarctica. Its been a blast! Here is my office!
7 posted on 12/14/2011 6:30:45 AM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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That show is brilliant although at the time it upset some one of my British friends. It’s very revisionist but superbly done.

There is another brilliant movie (1982) called “The Flight of the Eagle,” starring Max Von Sydow as a Swedish explorer to the Pole. It’s only available on VHS but boy, was it powerful.


8 posted on 12/14/2011 6:40:25 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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I had Batchelor on last night, briefly, before I hit the sack. He had
some relative of Scott's on, pushing that Scott's expedition was a
scientific one, whereas Amundsen's was not.

I didn't listen long enough to get any more.

I did vacation in NZ once. Statue of Scott, and a museum has stuff
recovered from the expedition, including his diary.

9 posted on 12/14/2011 6:45:55 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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Aside from the fact that my husband insists on calling him John “Confirmed” Batchelor, his show is often interesting. Leave it to him to have a relative of Scott's on! I believe Scott only had one child, so I wonder if it was a direct descendant. As I recall, Scott's wife was a bit of a kook.
10 posted on 12/14/2011 6:50:25 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Calvin Locke

At McMurdo Station where I operate out of his shack still stands. There is seal meat outside the door and many things inside. Its quite interesting to see all that Scott wa strying to do regarding discovery!


11 posted on 12/14/2011 6:51:20 AM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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Does anyone remember the movie ‘The Red Tent’ about the expedition of the Italian, Umberto Nobile?

That was a great movie!


12 posted on 12/14/2011 7:00:05 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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“Confirmed”

When I got out of school, I started listening to talk radio. The guy that was generally always interesting was David Brudnoy. I was pretty clueless at the time when he would talk about how P-town was one of his favorite places.

His show went downhill as the ravages of AIDS took its toll on him, and he too often, pandered to the corrupt pols. RIP.

13 posted on 12/14/2011 9:17:45 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: miss marmelstein

I saw that series, but a Polar explorer prepares for bad, and worse, weather. Why would you not?


14 posted on 12/14/2011 9:50:25 AM PST by LS
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Ha! I’m an armchair traveller.


15 posted on 12/14/2011 12:21:14 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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By the way, I have no idea if John Batchlor is gay. It’s just his voice and manner!


16 posted on 12/14/2011 12:22:25 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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