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Be the winner

The attainment of the South Pole by Roald Amundsen ( Norwegian ) ahead of Robert Scott ( British) has made Amundsen the winner in this race. They both led five-man teams to the pole, while Amundsen’s team returned alive in good condition, sadly Scott’s party all died on the return journey just 11 miles (18km) short of the depot where food and fuel could have saved their life. 
 
Why did Amundsen and Scott’s teams with equally the same experience, intelligence, and equipment before the South Pole exploration, come up with the very divergent end. What makes the difference?

Clear Vision


Amundsen

- At the age of 21, his mother died and he abandoned his medical studies to be a doctor. Instead, he determined to pursue a life of polar exploration.
​There was only one goal of his Expedition, to be the 1st to reach the South Pole.
 
Scott

- He was an officer in the British Navy seeking advancement. In his writing on “The Voyage of the Discovery”, it quoted “ I may as well confess that I had no predilection for polar exploration”. 
 
Scott’s second aim was to conduct a large and wide-ranging program of scientific measurements, experimentation, and discovery.
 
Unique experience


Amundsen

- 5 .5 years on the Belgica expedition to Antarctica and sailing in the Gjoa. His team members were well trained in ski and used dog sleds as transportation tools in the captioned journey.
 
Scott

- On top of his Navy’s experience, he spent 3 years as a leader of the Discovery of Expedition to Antarctica. Scott’s team arranged a few means for transportation such as ponies, dogs and motor sleds to be used in their journey.
 
Right Strategy


Amundsen

- He decided to set off earlier in September 1911 but failed in the first attempt due to rapidly deteriorating conditions. They returned to the base safety and set out again with a smaller group of 5 men, 4 sleds, and 52 dogs. Amundsen chose a steep and difficult route up a glacier but direct and save time. His team took 56 days and reached the pole on 14th December 1911. Five men and eleven dogs arrived back safely on the 25th of January 1912.
 
Scott

- He divided his manpower into two teams, traveling with motor sleds dogs and ponies started their journey on the 1st November 1911.
 
Execution


Amundsen

- He purposely planned to use many dogs for heavy loads and get up to the Polar Plateau, then kill some of them to feed the men and other dogs in their return journey. Their clothing was specially made to allow the loss the sweat during exertion. Amundsen consumed 3 times the amount of food as Scott.

Scott

- His team suffered from insufficient food and poor quality of clothes making them difficult to move during the trip.

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