Shortly before the dawn of the 20th century, most of the habitable land on Earth had been explored by European and American explorers. The attention of explorers then turned toward the north and south poles. There were dozens of explorers who gathered crews of brave men who traveled to the farthest reaches of the planet, often in the hopes of being the first to reach one of the poles. Roald Amundsen had hoped to be the first person to reach the North Pole and though he would be beaten to the pole by Robert Peary, Amundsen conducted numerous experiments in the artic region before turning his sights toward the South Pole. While there had been numerous expeditions to the Antarctic region, no explorer had been able to withstand the extreme conditions to reach the pole itself. Amundsen's experience at the North Pole enabled him to assemble an experienced crew as well as any necessary items that would assist him in his attempt to reach the pole, a feat he was able to accomplish in 1911. Little more than bare facts about Amundsen's adventures in the Artic and Antarctic region are found in the text, yet the topic is interesting enough to whet the appetite of young explorer's and encourage them to seek more scholarly works. The text is part of the "In the Footsteps of Explorers" series.