Scott's Last Expedition The Journals

Scott's Last Expedition The Journals[Reading] ➹ Scott's Last Expedition The Journals By Robert Falcon Scott – In November 1910 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 Scot In November the vessel Terra Nova left Expedition The Kindle Ð 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 Scott's Last PDF or beat rival explorers to the pole. AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsIntroduction by Max JonesComposition and Publication HistorySelect BibliographyA Chronology of Robert Falcon Scott and Scott's Last ExpeditionPreface 1913 by Clements R MarkhamBritish Antarctic Expedition 1910 Journals Captain Scott's Last Expedition AppendixEditor's Appendix I 'Biographical Introduction' by J M BarrieEditor's Appendix II 'The Finding of the Dead' by E L AtkinsonEditor's Appendix III Significant Changes to Scott's Original Base and Sledging JournalsExplanatory NotesGlossary of NamesIndex 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 Albuuerue and here I am in Geneva in the snow and I have to say I have a pretty good idea of how Scott felt nowMy 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 madeFor 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 meSushi or pizza would have been so much simplerI’ll bet Scott had a conversation something like this when he was setting outScott’s mother Walter Raleigh Scott you come back here right now Right now Scott hops off the sled goes to front doorScott’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 itScott can see his fellow explorers in the sled possibly laughing at him Ummm Gotta go now MomScott’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 nowWell 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 themBut 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 partDamn 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 – 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 perspectiveScott'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 bitchBut yes sometimes I even whine about the coldThe 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 myselfEven 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 stillI 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 euals 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 conuest wouldn't care about the little people along the way or the little animals But Scott seemingly did care And that was touchingHe 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 himselfThis isn't a uick 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 aliveThis shit is real yo 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 himselfMarch 29 2012 Well I've now finally pulled myself together enough to try and write a review though through still swollen eyesFirstly 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 publicThat 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 elouent 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 uite frankly a liar and uite possibly not humanKnowing 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 demiseOnce 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 freuent 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 readingIn 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 taleEven 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 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 shitI can't write anything pithy about that I can't be sarcastic Scott and his team are to use that modern cliché 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 PO Evans walked this Earth all the way to the South Pole 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 taleThe 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 readThe 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 Reading this was similar to watching an Alfred Hitchcock film because we the readers know how awfully everything will turn out but the participants don't Therefore every sledge accident or pony death seems to contribute one little thing to Scott's ultimate demise and it is especially depressing knowing how close they came to succeeding in spite of all thisJust getting to Antarctica sounded horrible as they were nearly swamped in a gale; then had to wend their way through a labyrinth of ice bergs which freuently trapped the boat That journey seemed to take a couple of months from New Zealand What I did not realize was that Scott and his party spent almost a year camped on the northern part of Antarctica just waiting around for the weather to be warm enough to start for the Pole and they had begun laying out supplies along the route in advance so they would not have to carry it all at once However once their base camp was established conditions seemed fairly tolerable as they had heat plenty of food lectures Aurora Borealis light shows and even champagne on special occasions During this time a rival Norwegian plotted to beat them to the pole As fascinating as a lot of this stuff is the narrative here gets a little bogged down in scientific weather observations and snow conditions Fortunately the Sir Richard Attenborough series Frozen Planet is running on BBC which I started binge watching to help visualize a lot of this stuff talk about another happy showThere were times when some of the party had to march for 60 miles in temperatures of 79 F After that 12 seemed balmy Despite all the incredible hardship things seemed to be going welluntil they didn't And when it went wrong it went wrong fast It's worth reading about the aftermath and the impact of this tragedy on Britain The national outpouring of grief was likened to that of Lady Diana And of course the book became a classic in the trenches of World War I Perhaps not the book to read when the world is on the verge of a global pandemic I think I may need to read about the Monkees or the Beatles now Interesting to readWhen 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 etcThat they even contemplated this journey is remarkable and that they almost completed itThat 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 legsThe real kicker was the fuel problem and this was something that was not foreseen and could not have been foreseenI 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 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 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