The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12

Roald AMUNDSEN (1872 - 1928), translated by Arthur G. CHATER ( - )

In contrast to Scott's South Pole expedition, Amundsen's expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs). Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, and he used of skis more effectively. He pioneered an entirely new route to the Pole, and they returned. In Amundsen's own words: "Victory awaits him who has everything in order -- luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck." Short accounts by other members of the party are appended. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline.)

Genre(s): Exploration

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication; The First Account; Introduction by Fridtjof Nansen Beecher
00:35:59
Play 01 Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 1 J. M. Smallheer
00:20:44
Play 02 Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 2 J. M. Smallheer
00:17:58
Play 03 Vol I Ch 1: The History of the South Pole, pt 3 J. M. Smallheer
00:17:08
Play 04 Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 1 Laura Caldwell
00:25:03
Play 05 Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 2 Martina
00:24:38
Play 06 Vol I Ch 2: Plan and Preparations, pt 3 Ger
00:24:42
Play 07 Vol I Ch 3: On the Way to the South, pt 1 Greg Bell
00:25:48
Play 08 Vol I Ch 3: On the Way to the South, pt 2 Scott Carpenter
00:23:40
Play 09 Vol I Ch 4: From Madeira to the Barrier, pt 1 Dick Durette
00:43:27
Play 10 Vol I Ch 4: From Madeira to the Barrier, pt 2 naksha
00:32:54
Play 11 Vol I Ch 5: On the Barrier, pt 1 texttalker
00:24:01
Play 12 Vol I Ch 5: On the Barrier, pt 2 texttalker
00:32:46
Play 13 Vol I Ch 6: Depot Journeys, pt 1 Jamie Strassenburg, Cypress, California
00:34:37
Play 14 Vol I Ch 6: Depot Journeys, pt 2 Lizzie Driver
00:54:03
Play 15 Vol I Ch 7: Preparing for Winter Philippa
00:37:08
Play 16 Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 1 Philippa
00:26:20
Play 17 Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 2 Philippa
00:24:33
Play 18 Vol I Ch 8: A Day at Framheim, pt 3 Philippa
00:45:22
Play 19 Vol I Ch 9: The End of the Winter, pt 1 Anna Simon
00:33:49
Play 20 Vol I Ch 9: The End of the Winter, pt 2 Anna Simon
00:32:32
Play 21 Vol II Ch 10: The Start for the Pole, pt 1 Kristine Bekere
00:33:38
Play 22 Vol II Ch 10: The Start for the Pole, pt 2 Kristine Bekere
00:31:25
Play 23 Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 1 Dick Durette
00:53:42
Play 24 Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 2 ricell
00:32:52
Play 25 Vol II Ch 11: Through the Mountains, pt 3 Anna Simon
00:25:05
Play 26 Vol II Ch 12: At the Pole texttalker
00:42:35
Play 27 Vol II Ch 13: The Return to Framheim, pt 1 Philippa
00:30:28
Play 28 Vol II Ch 13: The Return to Framheim, pt 2 Philippa
00:33:13
Play 29 Vol II Ch 14: Northward Tom Crawford
00:48:36
Play 30 Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 1, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud Tom Crawford
00:42:16
Play 31 Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 2, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud Scott Carpenter
00:33:06
Play 32 Vol II Ch 15: The Eastern Sledge Journey pt 3, by Lieutenant K. Prestrud Anna Simon
00:34:31
Play 33 Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 1, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen Christine Blachford
00:17:23
Play 34 Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 2, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen Christine Blachford
00:25:26
Play 35 Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 3, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen Varra Unreal
00:25:26
Play 36 Vol II Ch 16: The Voyage of the "Fram" pt 4, by First-Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen texttalker
00:42:33