Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest

Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest

by Ranulph Fiennes
     
 

During the Golden Era of Exploration, Captain Robert Scott and his competitor Roald Amundsen conquered the unconquerable: Antarctica. This perilous race to the South Pole claimed the life of Scott and became the stuff of legend, as well as endless scrutiny. In this compelling, meticulously researched history of Captain Scott and his fatal journey, renowned modern-day… See more details below

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During the Golden Era of Exploration, Captain Robert Scott and his competitor Roald Amundsen conquered the unconquerable: Antarctica. This perilous race to the South Pole claimed the life of Scott and became the stuff of legend, as well as endless scrutiny. In this compelling, meticulously researched history of Captain Scott and his fatal journey, renowned modern-day explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, holder of ten world expeditionary records, has written the definitive book on this hotly debated subject. There is immense fascination with Antarctica, and yet our understanding of South Polar exploration is often clouded by dueling perceptions of the efforts of both Scott and Amundsen. Here, for the first time, Fiennes offers an account of Scott's motivations and aspirations for the Pole, and his historic clash with Amundsen over goals and approaches. Just as fascinating, Fiennes highlights the unpredictably disastrous weather patterns that led to the extreme cold that ultimately doomed Scott's return trip. It is in this gripping account that Fiennes's singular understanding of polar exploration is most apparent.

Race to the Pole provides a level of immediacy and accuracy that no other account has ever approached. As an explorer who has led more than thirty expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the earth and the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent, Fiennes has firsthand knowledge of the grueling feat that Scott and his team undertook, as well as the physical tortures they endured. Infused with the intensity of fiction and exhibiting an exhaustive eye for detail found in the greatest historical biographies, Race to the Pole is a prodigious achievement and certain to become a classic in the literature of exploration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786888580
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
11/16/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IntroductionXIII
1Markham's Grand Design1
2Torpedo Lieutenant Scott12
3Order Out of Chaos23
4Through the Pack Ice: 1901-190237
5Nudging the Great Barrier: 190246
6Dogs, Skis, and Men56
7The First Winter67
8The Southern Journey: 1902-190380
9Lost on the Plateau: 1903-1904100
10A Promise Broken122
11The Race Begins: 1910150
12Near Disaster: 1911176
13The Worst Journey: 1911207
14The Dangerous Glacier239
15The Black Flag268
16Intimations of Tragedy289
17The Greatest March Ever Made307
18The Legacy341
19The Last Word366
Appendix IMembers of the Discovery Expedition, 1901-1904393
Appendix IIMembers of the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913397
Acknowledgments401
Picture Acknowledgments405
Bibliography407
Notes on the Sources413
Index447

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