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The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12

The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12 by Roald Amundsen
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In contrast to Scott’s South Pole expedition, Amundsen’s expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs) Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, and he used of skis more effectively. He pioneered an entirely new route to the Pole and they returned. In Amundsen’s own words: “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.” Short accounts by other members of the party are appended.

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The South Pole

An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910 1912

By Roald Amundsen

Translated from the Norwegian by A. G. Chater


My Comrades, The Brave Little Band That Promised In Funchal Roads To Stand by Me in the Struggle for the

South Pole,

I Dedicate this Book.

Roald Amundsen.


August 15, 1912.


The First Account Introduction, by Fridtjof Nansen I. The History of the South Pole II. Plan and Preparations III. On the Way to the South IV. From Madeira to the Barrier V. On the Barrier VI. Depot Journeys VII. Preparing for Winter VIII. A Day at Framheim IX. The End of the Winter X. The Start for the Pole XI. Through the Mountains XII. At the Pole XIII. The Return to Framheim XIV. Northward XV. The Eastern Sledge Journey By Lieutenant K. Prestrud XVI. The Voyage of the "Fram" By First Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen I. From Norway to the Barrier II... Continue reading book >>

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