Hjalmar Johansen’s Charges: Camilla, Knegten, Uroa, and Rotta
The winter months of May to June 1911 at Framheim camp are covered in this chapter. One of the dogs has puppies in the dead of winter, and the puppies face challenges from Amundsen and the weather. Johansen marvels at one of his dogs’ ability to rear young in the freezing temperatures, worries about two lead dogs who mysteriously go missing, and shows concern for a weakening dog who inexplicably becomes sick yet continues to exhibit tenacity. The sled dog teams and tools are finalized among the men. And Amundsen makes a momentous decision regarding his own sledge driving – an analysis of the reasoning for the decision is given in this chapter.
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