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christian posted on 15 Dec 2008, 11:19 GMT

DAY 13 – SUNDAY: HONOURING 11TH DECEMBER 1911




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(ENGLISH BELOVE) På denne dagen (søndag) plantet Amundsen flagget på Sydpolen. Samtidig fortsatte våre venner å gå som klokker og fikk ny bestenotering på 35,6km.
For 97 år siden nådde Amundsen og hans menn 90° Syd med ordene: ‘So we arrived and were able to plant our flag at the Geographical South Pole’. Først 17de Januar 1912, kom Kaptain Robert F. Scott frem og skrev i dagboken sin: ‘The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected.’
Disse sitatene summerer opp det kanskje mast dramatiske kappløpet i historien. Amundsen hadde sjokkert verden ved å reise sydover i stedet for nordover pga at Peary hadde nådd Nordpolen. Med det førte han Konge, Regjering, Storting, alle velstående bidragsytere OG Fridtjof Nansen bak lyset. Aldri har vel noen nordmann hatt et større press på seg for å lykkes…
Det gjorde han. Turen in og ut via Polpunktet var så prikkfri som det går an, og de satte en ny standard for planlegging, detaljer, gjennomføring og fokus på ekspedisjoner. – Scott på sin side gjorde egentlig en meget sterk og heroisk innstats. Særlig på vei inn. At det gikk som det gikk, og endte i tragedie skyltes mange ting, både av uheldige-, tilfeldige- og Britisk karakter.
BBC lagde en dokumenter om kappløpet for noe år siden. Det le en farse til dem å være. De tåkela (i beste London tåke stil) at nordmennene gjorde det enda mye bedre enn Amundsen, men de engelske gjorde det patetisk mye verre enn Scott. Det burde vært en historie om en super menneskelig innsats under litt gammeldags og umulige forutsetninger. Men ble en forvirret skryte ekstravagansa for nå levende, utdankede polarkjendiser.
Uansett. Våre venner har snakket mye om kappløpet de siste dagene, og som dere ser av bildet vist de sin respekt i går. Gratulerer med dagen.

DAY 13 – SUNDAY: HONOURING 11TH DECEMBER 1911
On the day Amundsen conquered the South Pole, they celebrated by putting in a new best of 35,6 kilometres. The last couple of days have been clockwork efforts.
97 years ago Amundsen and his men planted the flag at the South Pole with the words: ‘So we arrived and were able to plant our flag at the Geographical South Pole’. On January 17, 1912, Captain Robert F. Scott arrived with the words: ‘The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected.’
These phrases sum up one of the most dramatic races ever. Amundsen shocked the world by heading for the South- in stead of the North Pole after learning that Robert Peary had been to the north. It upset the naturally British, but was also done by fouling the Norwegian King, The government, about every rich supporter AND Fridjof Nansen. Seldom have anybody had more pressure on his to perform…
That he did. The actual trip in and out was (also) clockwork and set new standards for planning, details and focus on expeditions. Scott did actually a very brave and solid performance. Especially on the way in. That it ended in the tragedy it did was down to several issues, some unfortunate, some circumstantial – and some British.
BBC tried to make a documentary on the race some years back. In untypical style, they produced a farce made for the Britt’s themselves and clouded the fact that the Norwegian party did even better than Amundsen, while the British did way worse than Scott. It should have told a story of a super human effort in an old-fashioned and hopeless uphill struggle, but ended as a celebrity bragging contest.
OUR friends have had endless discussions about the race lately. And today they paid their humble respect for a generation and a time we can only try to emulate.


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