One hundred years ago this week, on December 14, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first to reach on the South Pole after two months trek. The trip back to the boat took six weeks.
In the tracks of countrymen Fridtjof Nansen, Amundsen went on to explore of the Polar regions of the Earth. He became the first men to reach both poles. Amundsen is also known as the first to cross Canada’s Arctic Northwest Passage in the 1918-1920 period. However he’s best known for his race to be the first to reach the South Pole against British explorer Robert Scott. Using a lighter team with skis, sledges and dogs, he arrived to the South Pole over one month before Scott. Scott expedition was marred in difficulty and perished on the way back.
Amundsen would disappear on a flight rescue mission to the Arctic in 1928. He was 55 years old.
David Cobham Showreel – Explorers: The Story of Roald Amundsen
1911 – The Race: Amundsen reaches the South Pole and Scott dies: An excellent video available on onlinefootage.tv