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Scott and Shackleton's Abandon Antarctic Huts

Fogonazos blog has an interesting post about the huts abandoned by Antarctic explorers Robert F. Scott and Ernest Shackleton:

Shelves are still stocked with tins of cabbage, veal or onions. All these objects have been preserved by the cold for the last 100 years. Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton left them here in their way to the South Pole, in the beginning of the 20th century. But none of them was able to come back.

Link - Thanks aberron!


I think this is absolutly brilliant!

Just the fact that they planned and made such an attempt at executing their plan... is mind blowing.

Just think about it.. No Satalite Phone, No air drops, No high tech thermal gear, No Emergency beacons... yadda yadda yadda...

Sure you think. South Pole.. Tons of Penguins.... lots of food.... Honestly though.. Theirs a million of them.. and one of you! Dare ya!

But common... no KD? No IPod? Nooooooo way to check Neatorama every day?

I dare to think that some of would shoot ourselves with a musket... Circa 1908

My opinion is that he did well and took a risk and pushed it to the max and failed. Thats the price some of us pay to win.

Cheers
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Anyone who hasn't read Shackelton's story really should. It is amazing. The book is called "The Endurance", by Alfred Lansing. Don't bother with the made for A&E movie of the story; it doesn't do it justice.

Think of Castaway times 28.

"MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON"
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"... since there is no wood, what were they burning in the stove?"

They burned seal blubber. Nicely sooty.

DwardisimoRex: I think you're being a bit harsh. He was an explorer. A might bit eccentric, but he had leadership qualities that are hard to find. How many people could set out with a crew that large, have the mission fail so miserably, and still bring everyone back alive? That is the exceptional part of this story.
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