Chris and Arthur's Antarctic Timeline

  • Amundsen goes to the South Pole instead of the North Pole.

    Amundsen goes to the South Pole instead of the North Pole.
    Amundsen charted a Norweign ship Fram to pretending to go on a North Pole expedition whilst secretly planning to go to the South Pole instead.
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    Chris and Arthur's Antarctic timeline

  • Scott announces his second South Pole expedition.

    Scott announces his second South Pole expedition.
  • Scott sails to New Zealand

    Scott sails to New Zealand
    After very rushed preparations, Scott sailed to New Zealand with 3 motor sledges, 19 snow ponies, 33 huskies, and 24 specially trained people
  • Amundsen heads for the South Pole.

    Amundsen heads for the South Pole.
    Amundsen and his crew left Oslo on the Fram taking 19 me, 97 huskies a hut in pieces and food and water for 2 years.
  • Amundsen landed in Spain.

    Amundsen landed in Spain.
    Fram docked at Maderia, Spain and Amundsen told Scott that he was going to the South Pole instead of the North Pole.
  • Scott heads for Antartica.

    Scott heads for Antartica.
    Robert F Scotts team left New Zealand on the Terra Nova. 3 days after, they were hit by a ferocious blizzard that lasted 1 day and 12 hours and nearly sank the ship.
  • Scott's old hut was blocked with ice.

    Scott's old hut was blocked with ice.
    Scott's old hut on Rosss Island was blocked with ice , so new winter quarters were built at Cape Evans, also on Ross Island. Next Scott organised the setting up of depots and a telephone line betweeen Cape Evans and Hut Point in less than a week. Amundsen and his team took a good year to do the same.
  • Amundsen landed in Antarctica

    Amundsen landed in Antarctica
    Amundsen and his crew reached Antarctica. The set up base camp at Ross Ice Shelf. Ross Ices Shelf had a stable shoreline, was blocked by the wind and was also 100 km closer to the South Pole that Scott's base camp. They also set up three supply depots so that they would not need to carry anymore extra supplies.
  • Amundsens team sets out....

    Amundsens team sets out....
    Amundsens team of 5 men and 52 dogs set off to the race to the South Pole. They travelled the most direct route, going everything that got in their way. They travelled 32 km each day.
  • Scott and his team started the trek to the South Pole.

    Scott and his team started the trek to the South Pole.
    Scott and his Polar team left on their race to the South Pole with 14 men on 2 motor sleds, 10 ponies and 2 dog sleds. Scott had decieded that they would ride motor sleds and ponies until they could go no further and then haul the supplies by foot for the rest of the way. The motor sleds soon broke down and the horses kept sinking through the the ice and snow. The weather was miseragblew with blizzards.
  • The last supply depot for Amundsen

    The last supply depot for Amundsen
    Amundsen and his crew reached the last supply depots, 772 km from the South Pole.
  • Amundsen and his crew is creating another supply depot

    Amundsen and his crew is creating another supply depot
    Amundsen and his crew had to create another supply depots for their return journey. They had 42 dogs left to pull 4 sleds.
  • Climbing the "Maud"

    Climbing the "Maud"
    It took Amundsen and his team to climb an unexplorered 3000m mountain glacier in very good weather. Amundsen named the mountain "Maud" after his Norweign Queen. At the top, they took 18 dogs to continue and shot the rest.
  • Shooting Horses

    Shooting Horses
    Scotts tired starving and frozen horses were shot. The men had to pull their own sleds in deep snow. Some men were slowblinded and some fell down crevasses.
  • Reaching the South Pole!

    Reaching the South Pole!
    Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole. It was a glorious moment for the team and the people in Norway. First, the team set up camp then the skied in a 6 km radius from the South Pole to make sure of the correct position. Only then did Amundsen's team plant the Norweign flag.
  • Scott sets out on a 5 man team...

    Scott sets out on a 5 man team...
    Scott chose his fellow explorers, Edward Wilson, Lawrence Oates, Edgar Evans and Henry Bowers to accompany him. The supplies had only been planned for a four man team.
  • Scott reaches the South Pole.

    Scott reaches the South Pole.
    Scott and his team finally reach the South Pole, only to find that Amundsen had beat him by 33 days. Now they had to survive the journey back to base camp in bad weather.
  • Amundsen and his team is going home.

    Amundsen and his team is going home.
    Amundsen and his team returned to the Bay of Whales health and excited.
  • The death of Evans.

    The death of Evans.
    A delirious Evans died.
  • Announcing the victory!

    Announcing the victory!
    Amundsen and his team reached Hobart, Tasmania to announce victory.
  • A loyal sacrifice

    A loyal sacrifice
    Oates limped out of the tent during a raging blizzard saying:"I'm just going outside and may be some time." He did not return.
  • A terrible blizzard

    A terrible blizzard
    The blizzard lasted 8 days and took the lives of Scott's remaining team, just 18 km from the last supply depots.
  • Scotts second last diary entry (Part 1)

    Scotts second last diary entry (Part 1)
    Scotts second last diary entry read:
    "Since the 21st we have a continuos gale WSW and SW. We had fuel to makes 2 cups of tea apiece and bare food for two day on the 20th. Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far.
  • Scotts second last diary entry (Part 2)

    Scotts second last diary entry (Part 2)
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more."
  • Scotts last diary entry

    Scotts last diary entry
    "For Gods Sake, look after our people."
  • Finding Scott and his team

    Finding Scott and his team
    Scott and his team were not discovered until the next summer after he died when the search-party dug out their almost completely buried camp. Among the possessions were 16kg of rock samples.