Magazine article Geographical

The Pole's Icy Lure

Magazine article Geographical

The Pole's Icy Lure

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In my 15-odd years working on geographical magazines, the one constant has been the Antarctic expedition. One of my first jobs as a bright-eyed staff writer on Australian Geographic all those years ago was to report on the magazine's annual awards ceremony, where the keynote speaker was a member of the first team to man-haul its way to the South Pole and back without re-supply (I think--it was a while ago!).

Since then, I've worked on stories detailing Antarctic expeditions of one sort or another on a pretty regular basis. There's clearly something about the White Continent that draws people with an adventurous bent, and l can't help thinking that on some level, it all comes back to Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

The story of Scott's 'noble failure' went on to become the dominant narrative of South Polar exploration, and it seems to me that it's against this feat of endurance, however doomed, that so many wish to measure themselves. Had Scott made it back to Cape Evans, or had he not made the attempt at all, allowing Amundsen's coolly efficient bagging of the pole to monopolise attention, I wonder whether so many people would have gone on to find new ways to test their powers of endurance in Antarctica's frozen wastes. …

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