Amundsen leaves to the north pole whilst secretly planing for the south pole
Race to the south pole
Amundsen and his crew left Oslo on the fram taking 19 men, 97 huskies, a hut in sections and provistions for 2 years.
Scott announces South Pole expedition
September,1909, Scott announces his second South Pole expedition
race to the south pole
June 15, 1910 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.
Fram docked at Madeira in spain and Amundsen sent a telegram to scott that he was going to the south pole instead. The crew were excited to be challenging scotts team.
Scott's team left New Zealand on the Terra Nova
November 29, 1910 theyleft NZ on the Terra Nova. Three days out they were hit by a ferocious gale that lasted 36 hours and nearly sank the ship.
Scott's old hut on Ross island got blocked by ice and they set up winter quarters at Cape Evans, also on Ross island in less than a week
4 January 1911, 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.
Amundsen arrived at the south pole 100km closer to the south pole than scott his ship was blocked from the wind
Amundsen and his crew arrive in Antartica. He carfully chose the Bay of Whales [Ross ice shelf] to set up the base camp and dock his ship, as it was blocked from the wind, and had a stable shoreline. It was also 100 kms closer to the pole than scott but that meant going over unkwon terrotory.
Scott and his polar team left on their race to the South Pole
1 November 1911, 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 decided that they would ride motor sleds and ponies until they could go no further and then haup 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.
Amundsen is 772 kilometres away from the south pole
Shooting of ponies and men falling down crevasses and snow blinded
9 December, 1911, the tired, starved aqnd 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.
Amundsen reaches the south pole it was a glorios moment
Scott chose fellow explorers
3 January, 1912, 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.
Scott finding out Amundsen hd beaten them by 33 days
January 17, 1912 the five exhausted and starving men reached at the South Pole, only to find that Amundsen had beaten them by 33 days. Now they had to survive the journey back to the base camp in bad weather.
Amundsen and 5 men return to bay of whales healthy
Amundsen and 5 men arrive in hobart, tasmania to annonce victory
On march 29th, 1912, Scott wrote his second to last diary entry
They were not discovered until the next summer when the search-party dug out their almost completely buried camp. Among their possesions were 16 Kg of rock samples.