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In November , The Vessel Terra Nova Left New Zealand Carrying An International Team Of Explorers Led By Robert Falcon Scott, An Englishman Determined To Be The First Man To Reach The South Pole Scott Kept A Detailed Journal Of His Adventures Until March When He And The Few Remaining Members Of His Team Met Their Ends In A Brutal Blizzard The Daily Progress Of The Expedition Toward The Pole Is Recorded In An Immensely Vivid And Personal Narrative, Depicting The Beauty Of The Antarctic Tundra, The Harsh Living Conditions, And Scott S Own Desperation To Beat Rival Explorers To The Pole


10 thoughts on “Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals

  1. says:

    A fascinating account of the Terra Nova and it s account to Antarctica from New Zealand.It was the first and only account to use both ponies and dogs If course ponies could not survive and were eaten He also spent an incredible amount on road vehicles.The race was on to the South Pole.Nanson, came in with a specific plan His men immediately dug an underground bunker with rooms for work and storage His food was of much higher quality He chose his men most carefully Finally, he reached the pole first.Robert Falcon Scott was found dead in a tent with his companions They died of exposure and starvation Beaten by Nanson, who was so much better prepared A sad take of the expedition of Antarctica.Highly recommended and a MUST READ


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    Well, I didn t know what it would be like I m Australian, I ve never seen fucken snow before So I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and here I am, in Geneva in the snow and I have to say I have a pretty good idea of how Scott felt now.My knitting group meets about an eight minute walk away, I set out way way early and I d done my research, but like Scott, mistakes were made.For a start I brought the wrong dogs They were rubbish sled pullers And when I decided en route that I had to kill one of them for food, I should have noticed that the Manor Food store was just across the street from me Sushi or pizza would have been so much simpler.I ll bet Scott had a conversation something like this when he was setting out Scott s mother Walter Raleigh Scott, you come back here right now Right now Scott hops off the sled, goes to front door.Scott s mother What have you forgotten to say before you go Scott thinks about this Ummm Thanks for the sandwiches Scott s mother Exactly It s a mom s job isn t it You boys just go out galavanting in the snow, having fun while moms are home making the sandwiches and endlessly hoovering And don t you forget it.Scott can see his fellow explorers in the sled, possibly laughing at him Ummm Gotta go now Mom.Scott s mother Not yet young man And what have you forgotten The same thing as last time and the time before Scott looks at the sled which is just full of stuff and shrugs I dunno, Mom What Scott s mother Your jumper, you big wally Honestly What would you all do without Mom Scott finally escapes as Mom yells her parting words And don t you be two years late for dinner like last time It s the last meal I ll be cooking for you, I m just telling you that right now.Well nobody said that to me and I was halfway down the street before I noticed I didn t have a jumper on The dogs refused to turn around, like it was their problem I should have eaten the lot of them.But finally I do arrive So I m at Starbucks, get out of my sled and start tying it up to a tree when somebody in a uniform says What are you doing I say Going to my knitting group and he says No, that s not what I mean, I mean there, what s that I don t speak French It s possible he said What the fuck s that He looked a bit like that s what he meant to say Is this guy a complete idiot, I ask myself H e lllooo It s my sled Snow Sled Even in Australia we get the snow sled thing I start wondering if maybe he s Austrian or something Little joke to solicit votes from any Swiss goodreaders looking at this At this point I handed him my parking permit for sled and eight dogs ahem, albeit seven at this point My pre trip research indicated that Swiss love documentation Indeed, he looked a bit surprised, as well he might I bought it for five bucks at a fakeIDonline site But still, he was happy now He even tried patting the dogs, which was a mistake on his part.Damn I m not feeling all that great, I ve just been checking wiki and it transpires I completely got the eating dog thing arse about I thought the part you had to eat was the liver It turns out that s the only bit you mustn t eat Fuck The ambulance is on its way I ll


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    When I started reading this book at the end of January, it was cold out I d stand outside waiting for my bus in the morning, shifting from one foot to another, hoping to see the bus turn the corner down the street I tend to read while I wait because it takes my mind off of things like obsessing over how many minutes late the bus is, or will it be one of the really long bendy kinds or one of the shorter, older buses in which case the heat might not work , or could I run back to my place to grab my Carmex without missing the bus This is one of the books I read routinely during those waits, and it helped me find perspective.Scott s journals were written during the fateful expedition to Antarctica in 1910 1912 He wrote extensively about their purpose in the region, what they hoped to accomplish, what they found, the animals in the region, the geography, the climate and that s when I realized that I m a fucking pansy Standing out there waiting for my bus sometimes up to ten minutes, pouting to myself about how cold it is And I even like the cold I thrive in the winter I wilt in the summer, but the winter is mine I own that bitch.But, yes, sometimes I even whine about the cold.The expedition spent a considerable amount of time in the Antarctic, living in often 40 below 0 conditions That s freaking cold The 10 degrees that I was experiencing in the morning Pshaw That s nothing These guys felt some real cold I was ashamed of myself.Even knowing the outcome of the expedition, I couldn t help cheering them on throughout I wanted all of the sledge dogs and the ponies to be okay, though, again, knowing the outcome led me to believe that the animals were not going to be okay and that made me cry a bit inside because animals don t deserve that shit They didn t get to sign up for those conditions They d get a biscuit a day for the work they did, not that the men got much than that themselves at times, but still.I was pleasantly surprised at the way Scott wrote about the animals In the beginning there were some sicknesses and some accidents, and Scott treated them as equals, showing concern for their well being, making sure that despite where they were they had the best possible circumstances I m not sure why this was surprising to me maybe because I figured that men in an expedition of this nature conquest wouldn t care about the little people along the way, or the little animals But Scott seemingly did care And that was touching.He also cared about each of the men in his expedition, though I wonder if that s to be expected considering how they lived, what they lived through, that whole live together, die alone thing that Jack preached about in LOST At the end of the journal are pages of letters Scott wrote to various wives or family members of some of his men, letting them know that they were on so and so s mind as the end came He took time to do that, which I also find touching It s almost 45 degrees out, and here s this guy, the leader of his expedition, writing thoughtful letters home, knowing that he would never see his own family, yet putting them before himself.This isn t a quick read by any stretch of the imagination There are appendices out the ass here, lists of animals names and which school donated them, there are letters, some photographs, a couple Indexes, Explanatory Note after Explanatory Note, and on and on and on I didn t think it would ever end But I trucked along because these men weren t able to end their expedition, and the least I could do is sit on poorly heated buses and read Scott s words so as to keep that memory alive.This shit is real, yo.


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    March 17 2012 Last year I read one of the most incredible books of my life The Worst Journey in the World WJITW , an account by one of the surviving members of Scott s last expedition Hardly a day has gone by since that I haven t thought about that expedition or those on it and so, with the hundredth anniversary of Scott s death approaching, I thought it was about time I read about it in the words of the man himself March 29 2012 Well, I ve now finally pulled myself together enough to try and write a review though through still swollen eyes.Firstly, I m glad that I had read WJITW first, as it gave me a solid background in which to place this reading Cherry Garrard s exemplary book was a comprehensive, in depth look at every aspect of the expedition, from the start to the bitter end this being Captain Scott s journals it naturally comprises his daily thoughts and feelings and therefore lacks some of the wider details and descriptions that he would have no doubt added from the other records of the party had he returned and produced something for consumption by the public.That said, even without that wider detail these journals are never less than compelling and, considering that they were only notes initially intended for himself, extremely eloquent Naturally, living in constant contact with a group of people gives way to occasional small irritations and annoyances and the appendices were a rather rich source of these, many of which were cut from original publication in order to spare the feelings of those mentioned who had survived Gran and Evans in particular may have found these difficult reading and to portray Scott in a finer light Personally, I don t think that these asides cast anyone in an unappealing light anyone who can claim to have lived in such close confines with a large group of people and to have never been troubled by similar feelings is, quite frankly, a liar and quite possibly not human.Knowing what would be the outcome of the expedition made this incredibly heartbreaking reading at times, particularly when the party was at its most optimistic It was so easy to get swept along and almost start hoping for a different outcome, only to have your hopes dashed as time went on This was particularly so for me whenever it came to Bowers Having developed a rather serious case of hero worship of the man during WJITW, I roller coastered back and forth between feeling immensely pleased that Scott found him so impressive to the point of adding him at the last minute to the party making the last dash and being horror struck at knowing that his awesomeness would mean his untimely demise.Once the party reached the Pole, discovering they had been beaten there by Amundsen, the journals took a melancholy turn with February 1912 being difficult to read and March completely heart rending As the party got further and further into difficulty I had to take frequent reading breaks to blink away the tears and gather my strength for the next entries, and by the time I got to the last entry I was virtually inconsolable The courage with which these men faced certain death is incredible, and the fact that Scott took the time as he lay dying when lesser men would have been in the foetal position, weeping uncontrollable tears of self pity to write to the relatives of his comrades offering comfort and endeavouring to see that their families would be taken care of speaks volumes of his character Those letters were also some of the most beautiful I have ever had the privilege of reading.In his Message to the Public , discovered with his body, he finally writes Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale Even if it s just in one tiny corner of his hometown, this Englishwoman s heart was well and truly stirred and my soul captured by their tale, and though they re now long gone Scott and his comrades will never be forgotten for as long as I live.


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    I m British, so my book reviews veer towards the pithy and the sarcastic Also, because I m British, I tend to complain about the weather whenever it s below 10 C or above 15 C And then I went and read Captain Scott s journals He and his team walked to the South Pole because science And then they tried to walk back but died because the weather was unseasonably shit.I can t write anything pithy about that I can t be sarcastic Scott and his team are, to use that modern clich , heroes Reading their journey is as harrowing as it is inspiring I m rarely, if ever, patriotic about my country But Scott and his expedition wanted to get to the South Pole for science, not to get to the South Pole first, and they faced their death on their return voyage not with gnashing of teeth but with stiff upper lips and dignity Reading about it I was proud to be British, proud to be a scientist, and proud that as recently as a hundred years ago people like Robert Scott, Captain Oates, Doctor Wilson, Lt Bowers, and P.O Evans walked this Earth, all the way to the South Pole.


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    Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions that would have stirred the heart of every Englishman These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale The centenary of the expedition s end was the big reason I chose to read this when I did and the fact it had been on the shelf for the better part of three years following an unsuccessful attempt to read it in late 2009 early 2010 I just finished it after the better part of three weeks It s been a fascinating read.The big reason it took so long is because of how detailed Scott made his entries, especially in the pre polar journey In fact I was surprised by the fact that the entire polar journey takes up only about 110 pages of the book The last forty pages of the journal itself, detailing the journey back from the pole towards their fate are heartbreaking In part that s because I got the sense of actually getting to know the people involved thanks in large part to Scott s entries in the lead up to the journey south Also, this edition Oxford World Classics does have the edits made to the journal for publication but has them listed in an appendix and not incorporated into the journal itself They re great to have and fascinating to read, but I do wish someone out there would publish the original unedited version.


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    Interesting to read.When Scott made his expedition the study of Radiology was new breaking open physics Meteorology was much less well known and understood Continental drift was mostly unheard of They did not even know the cause and treatment for Scurvy No GPS, no satellite weather, no radio, etc.That they even contemplated this journey is remarkable, and that they almost completed it.That said there were several factors that I feel Scott did not take into proper account prior to the journey The difficulties he had with the ponies and the fact that they were behind his projected daily travel allotment almost from day 1 did not bode well That accounted for the food shortage on the trip back overly optimistic of the distance that could be traveled on both legs.The real kicker was the fuel problem and this was something that was not foreseen, and could not have been foreseen.I do not mean to sound to critical of Mr Scott I have the benefit of knowing the outcome before reading the journal and of looking back on this from 100 years on He made the best decision he could with the information he had Now we know so much .


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    A counter to the revisionist view of Scott as a blunderer This is clearly a well organised, senior scientific expedition, not a rush to the pole Mistakes were made the reliance ob ponies, the lack of belief in dogs but only with hindsight The ultimate tragedy was, in the end, the result of extreme unseasonable weather and not any lack of planning or leadership One cannot fail to be impressed by the stoicism and bravery, even after all the years in between Well worth the read, albeit dry and slow in parts After all, as with any diary, there were times when not much happened.


  9. says:

    Note to self if you ever go to the Antarctic and find that the Norwegians have beat you to the South Pole, don t worry about carrying thirty five pounds of fossils back Don t worry about it Worry about not having packed enough food.


  10. says:

    I couldn t get enough of Captain Scott s final journey as a kid, being introduced to it by the BBC s Explorers series in the 1970s So, it was high time that I turned to the journals of Scott himself, a priceless artefact and account of an unimaginable journey that culminated in death New thinking on colonialism now leads us to be sceptical of stiff upper lip derring do, so the fact that Antarctica was uninhabited makes Scott one of the last of the former heroes it is still OK to like and this is reinforced by the strong scientific element to the expedition Preparation was meticulous and one certainly comes away from reading this feeling sympathetic and indignant that Scott has been painted in some quarters as a blunderer in comparison to Roald Amundsen, the man who beat him to the South Pole There s no doubt that the weather did not work in his favour and the number of unpredictable elements the party came across was incredible The final entries to the diary are unbearably poignant, especially the famous departure of Captain Oates Antarctica remains a shockingly unforgiving environment this is a fascinating study of attempts to come to terms of it from over a hundred years ago.