Yat Yu and Zoe's timeline of South Pole

  • Robert F. Scott

    Robert F. Scott
    Scott announces his second South Pole expedition.
  • Roald Amudsen

    Roald Amudsen
    "Fram" docked at Maderia in Spain and Amundsen sent an telegram to Scott that he was going to South Pole instead. The crew were excited to challenging Scott's team.
  • Robert F. Scott

    After very rushed preparations, Scott sailed from England to NZ with three motor sledges, nineteen Siberian ponies, thirty-three huskies, and twenty-four men.
  • Robert F. Scott

    They left NZ on the Terra Nova. Three days out, they were hit by a ferocious gale that lasted 36 hours and nearly sank the ship.
  • Robert F. Scott

    Scott's old hut on Ross Island was blocked by 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 between Cape Evans and Hut Point in less than a week. Amundsen and his team took a good year to do the same.
  • Roald Amundsen

    The team built the wooden hut they bought with them which they named the hut 'Framhein' (home of Fram) after their ship. During the 5 months of winter, from April to September, nine men carefully set up three diffferent depots so they would not have to carry extra supplies on their main expedition.
  • Roald Amundsen

    Amundsen and his crew reached Antarctica. He carefully chose the Bay of Wales( Ross Ice shelf) to set up base camp and dock his ship, as it was blocked from the wind, and had a stable shoreline. It was also 100kms closer to the pole then Scott's base camp, but it meant going over unknown territory.
  • Roald Amundsen

    Amundsen's team of five man and 52 dogs set off their race to the South Pole. They travelled 32 kms each day.
  • Robert F. Scott

    Scott and his Polar team left on their race to the South Pole with 14 men and 2 motor sleds, 10 ponies and 2 dog sleds. Scott had decided that they would ride motor sled 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 ice and snow. The weather was miserable with blizzards.
  • Roald Amundsen

    They reached their last supply depot, 772 kilometers from the Pole
  • Roald Amundsen

    They created a new supply depot
  • Robert F. Scott

    The tired, starved and frozen horses were shot. The men had to pull their own sleds in deep snow. Some men were snow blinded and some fell down crevasses.
  • Robert F. Scott

    Scott chose 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.
  • Robert F. Scott

    The five exhausted and starving men reached at the South Pole, onlt to find that Amundsen had beaten them by 33 days. Now they had to survive the journey back to base camp in bad weather.
  • Robert F. Scott

    A delirous Evans died.
  • Robert F. Scott

    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. The blizzard lasted 8 days and took the lives of the remaining men just 18 km from their next supply depot.
  • Robert F.Scott

    Scott's secong to last diary entry read:
    "Since the 21st we have had a continous gale WSW and SW. We had fuel to make two cups of tea apiece and bare food for two days 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.
    It seems a pity, but I do
  • Robert F. Scott

    not think I can write more." R. Scott Last entry. "For god's sake look after our people." They were not discovered until the next summer when the search-party dug out their almost completely buried camp. Among their possesions were 16kg of rock samples.