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4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly researched insight into Scott's last expedition, 27 Dec 2001
I enjoyed reading this book and I think it would appeal to anyone that has read Huntford's "Last Place on Earth". It does much to restore Captain Scott's reputation, probably overdue as a result of Huntford's mauling.
I still don't feel it answers all the questions though. I find it hard to believe that scurvy did not play some part in the demise of Scott and his companions. Also Huntford cites specific days when bad weather meant Scott was unable to march but Amundsen with his dogs continued.
There's doesn't seem much doubt that Amundsen had a much better understanding of living and travelling in such cold conditions and served a long apprenticeship before he felt able to attempt to discover the south pole. Amundsen's men were mostly handpicked specialists whereas Scott's team was lacking in snow/ice experience.
Britain had many fine mountaineers at this time and none where taken south by Scott. He could also have gained the benefit of those with experience of arctic Canada e.g. employees of the Hudson Bay Company etc.
I would say Scott was not the incompetent Huntford makes him out to be but does seem to have made mistakes in the Antarctic that better preparation would have prevented.