1 June, 1910, Captain Scott left London to begin his Antarctic expedition. On
his way, he received a teledram from the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen:
“I`m going South.”
the polar summer of 1910-11, both teams organised food depots in preparation
for their expeditions.
was the first to leave, on 16 October, 1911. He had teams of dogs pulling the
sledges and all his men were on skis. Because of this, he made rapid progress.
Scott left on 1 November and soon had problems. His two motor sledges broke
down. Amundsen reached the Pole on 14 December and put a Norwegian flag there.
Scott finally arrived at the Pole with his men on 17 January. They were
devastated when they saw Norwegian flag.
return journey was one of the worst in the history of exploration. The men
were exhausted and were running out of food. Captain Oates and Edgar Evans
died in spite of terrible frostbite. After their death Scott and two men
carried on and got within eleven miles of one of their food depots. But then a
terrible storm started and they could not leave their tent. Scott spent some
of his last hours writing letter to his wife.
news of Scott`s death shocked the world. The remarkable courage shown by
Captain Scott and his men made them into heroes.