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I can't recommend this highly enough! The type of character that Captain Scott and his crew showed during their demise is so admirable that it should be the benchmark toward which anyone should try to emulate in the face of similar circumstances.
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Robert Scott did every single thing wrong. He went to the pole as his only way to advance his career. He sent a man who knew nothing about horses to buy siberian ponies. The ponies died before they were of any use. He took pooky designed stem tracktors that broke trough the ice when they tried them out. He set out too few caches of food with too little food and marked them poorly. Worst of all, he was a terrible leader. He is responsible for the deaths of the people who accompanied him.
If you are interested in south polar adventurers read about Roald Amundsen. In contrast to Scott, Amundsen was as prepared for the race to the pole as a man could be. He was a superb cross country skier. He spent time with eskimos learning to work the sleds and the huskies. Every single thing that Scott bungled, Amundsen nailed. He didn't lose a single man and reached the pole first to plant the Nowegian flag. In the emantime Scott was already in trouble. While Amundsen had ridden his sleds to the pole, Scott and his men had to serve as beasts of burden dragging their own supplies by hand. Scott's men were demoralize, exhausted and hungry when they reached the pole, only to see the Norwegian flag. Thimgs qucikly went downhill from there.
Scott's story is sad and he is hardly a hero. The Brits made him some sort of martir. At best, Scott was a bumbilng idiot who died taking many good men down with him. Read about Amundsen instead.
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