This book attempts to explain how Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole. It contains information and original photos gleaned from his expeditions and meticulous planning and preparations over many years. It reveals his ability to foresee the challenges ahead and change plans when new factors came into play, and it presents his well-qualified team members and his hard-earned lessons from the Arctic. Luck is certainly a factor when skiing 3000 km through some of the coldest and toughest terrain on Earth, but as you will see, luck had very little to do with Amundsen’s success.
Included in this book is a detailed breakdown of Amundsen’s and Robert Falcon Scott’s southern journeys day by day. It also has chapters on Amundsen’s and Scott’s chosen methods of transport: dogs, ponies and motor-sledges.
The book is printed in colour and contains more than 600 photos, maps and illustrations, many never seen before. The many quotes from Amundsen’s crew members’ diaries from the Northwest Passage and the South Pole Expedition have never previously appeared in English.
Lessons from the Arctic – How Roald Amundsen Won the Race to the South Pole
Geir O. Kløver
First edition 2017
The Fram Museum