The Second Depot Run: Disaster for the Dogs
Using the expedition members’ diaries, this chapter documents the second depot journey for the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, begun on February 22, 1911, during which two additional depots are established at 81° South and 82° South but during which many sled dogs are challenged physically and emotionally. The account includes near-fatal encounters with crevasses, difficult traveling conditions, and evidence of Amundsen’s relentless determination. The author analyzes Amundsen’s performance with – and treatment of – his sled dogs during this particular excursion, from both his perspective and the perspective of his men in their own words. Analyzed also are Amundsen’s evaluation of the progress achieved and his rationale for the extreme use of the dogs.
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