Amundsen chartered the norwegian ship fram, pretending to go on a North Pole expedition, whilst secretly planning for the South Pole instead.
Scott announces voyage
Scott announces his second South Pole expedition.
Scott sails to New Zealand
After rushed preparations, Scott sailed from England to NZ with three motor sledges, 19 siberian ponies, thirty three huskies. and twenty four men.
Amundsen leaves Oslo
Amundsen and crew leave Oslo on the Fram taking 19 men, 97 huskies, a hut in sections and provisions for two years.
Fram docks in Spain
Fram docks in Madeira in Spain and sends a telegram to Scott that was going to the South Pole instead. The crew were excited to be challenging Scott's team.
departure of NZ
Scott and crew leave New Zealand on the Terra Nova. Three days out they were hit by a ferocious gale that lasted 36 hours and nearly sank the ship.
Ross Island trouble
Scott's old hut on Ross Island was blocked by ice, so new winter quarters were built at cape Evans, also on Ross Island.
Amundsen and crew reach Antarctica
Amundsen and crew reach Antarctica. They carefully choose the Bay of Whales to dock their ship as it is blocked by the wind.
It was also 100 kilometers closer to the pole than Scott's base camp, but it meant going over unknown territory.
Team builds framheim
The team builds the wooden hut they brought with them the Framheim. During the five months of winter, from April to September, nine men carefully set up three different depots, so they would not have to carry all their supplys.
The Adventure truly begins
Amundsens team of five men and 52 dogs set off on their race to the south pole. They travelled the most direct way, going over anything they came across, and travelled 32 kilometers every day.
Departure for the pole
Scott and his polar leave on their way to the South Pole, with 14 men on two motor sleds, 10 ponies and two dog sleds. Scott had decided they would ride motor sleds and ponies until they could go no further. The motor sleds soon broke down and the ponies kept falling through the ice and snow.
772 kilometers from the pole
They reached there last supply depot, 772 kilometers from the pole.
The new supply depot
They created a new supply depot for their journey back. They had 42 dogs left to pull 4 sleds.
It took them 10 days to climb an unexplored 3000m mountain glacier in very good weather. Amundsen named them after his Norweigan Queen, Maud. At the top they took 18 dogs with them and shot the rest.
The tired, frozen and starved ponies were shot.The men had to pull their own sleds in deep snow. Some men were snowblinded and others fell through crevasses.
The South Pole Finally!
The team finally reaches the South Pole. It was a glorious moment for the men and Norway. They had seventeen dogs and three sleds. First they set up camp, then over 3 days, they skied for three days in a 16km radius from the South Pole to make sure of the correct position. Only then did they plant the Norweigan flag.
Selecting the A team
Scott chose fellow explorers, Edward Wilson, Lawrence Oates, Edgar Evans andHenry Bowers to accompany him. The supplies had only been planned for a four man team.
Bay of Whales
They returned to the Bay of Whales again healthy and excited.
The five exhausted and starving men reached the South Pole only to find out Amundsen had already been there and beaten them by 33 days. Now they had to survive the way back to the base camp.
A delirious Evans dies.
They arrived in Hobart to announce victory!
Oates stumbled out of the tent during a rageing blizzard saying "I'm just going outside, I may be sometime."
He did not return.
The blizzard raged for eight days and took the remaing lives of the men just 18km from the pole.
Since the 21st we've had a continuous gale WSW and SW. We had to fuel to make two cups of tea apiece and bare food for two days. 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 don't think I can write more. For God's sake look after our people.