Google Doodles are as insightful as they are impressive. The latest one pays homage to the first expedition to the South Pole.
Explorer Roald Amundsen was a guy who would give an arm and a leg for adventures. Such was his temperament and dedication towards expeditions. Perhaps, that’s what paved way for the first expedition to the South Pole. Google celebrates his success 105 years after he went on a voyage to the ‘bottom of the world’.
The First Expedition to the South Pole
Roald took to his exploring obsession at a tender age of 25 when he left Belgium to the Antarctic. Subsequently, he went to the North Coast of Canada and then to Alaska. Once his fixations got the better of him, North Pole came to his mind. Another explorer Robert Peary was way earlier than Amundsen, however. That left him with South Pole in the equation!
Resolute as he was, he plunged into the voyage to the South Pole. He set out in October 1911 to the base camp with no more than 4 companions and over 50 dogs. The purpose didn’t solely lie with his obsession to go there, but also with his heavy debts. Perhaps, the purpose was a key factor for his unwavering determination.
Other than his brother, no one had a clue about his journey to South Pole, while everyone thought he was heading to the North Pole. This was Roald’s way of ensuring no hindrance to the expedition from anyone. Eleven months after they set sail, only 11 dogs made it back to where they began. Roald had done it for the first time ever.
In the wake of Roald’s exploits, another enthusiast Robert Falcon Scott went to the South Pole. He made his mark with a flag next to Roald’s, but the cold was too much to handle for Scott. He never made it back. Besides, US Navy went there after decades and put up a station there. [Yes, even then!] Thereafter, many made it to the South Pole cutting across age and gender lines.
Roald’s obsessions didn’t stop there, of course. He went to the North Pole later in 1925. The Telegraph reports the possibility of his death in a plane crash. He was never found, though. After a century to the first expedition to the South Pole, Google paints a warm picture of it. Doodle description speaks of the crew’s tent in the South Pole that stands against the Antarctic wind. Nature in all its glory, indeed.