The Third Depot Run: Third Time Is Not the Charm
This chapter depicts life at Framheim, where the traveling sled dogs return from the second depot journey and the remainder of the dogs reside in peaceful coexistence. Roald Amundsen’s new strategy for preparing and feeding the dogs and his view of them as the key to the South Pole are discussed. Included in this chapter are the events of the third depot tour, headed by Hjalmar Johansen, and the effects of the tour on the sled dogs, who again encounter treacherous conditions. The results achieved, and the impact felt by Johansen, also are analyzed. Amundsen’s dog-watching activities also are presented, as reflected in his diary. The chapter ends with the documentation of deaths among the dogs at base camp and an assessment of the overall condition of the men and the sled dogs.
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