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The First Depot Run: Flying on a High

  • Mary R. Tahan
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Abstract

This chapter is an account of the first journey to establish depots along the route from Framheim to the South Pole, made by Amundsen, three of his men, and 18 dogs, who depart on February 10, after bidding farewell to the Fram and its crew of 10 men, who, under the captainship of Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen, will depart for Argentina. Hjalmar Johansen, Kristian Prestrud, and lead dog driver Helmer Hanssen accompany Amundsen and the three dog teams. Included in the depot journey account are details regarding the sled dog teams, their lead dogs, and their carrying 700 pounds of provisions to 80° South. An analysis is made of Amundsen’s pride and satisfaction in the dogs, his report on the journey’s success, and his musings on the British expeditions’ reticence to use dogs. Also analyzed are Johansen’s observations, made in his personal diary, regarding Amundsen’s working relationship with his dog team.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary R. Tahan
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  1. 1.VancouverCanada

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