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characters ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Apsley Cherry-Garrard Pses of Scott and his men who had long since perished from starvation and brutal cold It is through Cherry's insightful narrative and keen descriptions that Scott and the other members of the expedition are fully memorialized. Antarctic exploration is seldom as bad as you imagine seldom as bad as it sounds But this journey had beggared our language no words could express its horror Originally released in 1922 The Worst Journey in the World is a contemporaneous account of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill fated Antarctic Expedition of 1910 13 as written by Apsley Cherry Garrard Scott's second youngest team member twenty four at the time of sailing who would go on to serve England admirably in the First World War and spend the rest of his life suffering trauma depression and PTSD Because this book was written during the peak days of polar exploration Cherry Garrard includes both thrilling adventure tales in wry evocative prose and scientific data points latitudes reaches over how many miles wind speeds minimum temps and maximum drift and while I much preferred the former to the latter I appreciate that the author was writing for both the armchair adventurer and they who might be planning polar treks of their own; he could have written this no other way I loved every minute of this long dense read I should also note My edition has a hundred pages of introductory information about Cherry Garrard's life not counted in the volume's 600 pages and while I thoroughly appreciated the context this gave to me it felt a bit frustrating to read for hours and not feel like I had started the actual book I have seen Fuji the most dainty and graceful of all mountains; and also Kinchinjunga only Michael Angelo among men could have conceived such grandeur But give me Erebus for my friend Whoever made Erebus knew all the charm of horizontal lines and the lines of Erebus are for the most part nearer the horizontal then the vertical And so he is the most restful mountain in the world and I was glad when I knew that our hut would lie at his feet And always there floated from his crater the lazy banner of his cloud of steam There's so much I could recount about the details of this expedition even the last leg of the sailing out from New Zealand – with ponies and dogs tied up on deck in harsh high seas; the dogs washed overboard to the end of their chains and then swept back on the next wave – seems incredible before they ever set foot on the Antarctic continent but the details are too numerous for a summary to do this tale justice; it must be read in whole I will note that one of Cherry Garrard's primary objectives seems to have been to humanize the five expedition members who lost their lives on the Polar Journey itself and especially to confront and correct any criticism that Captain Scott had publicly suffered in the decade since he had lost his life Describing the daily labours in camp or on sledge runs Cherry Garrard describes each man around him as a “brick”; hard working and cheerful; every man capable of good humour and selflessness in the darkest times open to friendly debates and singsongs and bonhomie Of Scott he writes He will go down to history as the Englishman who conuered the South Pole and who died as fine a death as any man has had the honour to die His triumphs are many – but the Pole was not by any means the greatest of them Surely the greatest was that by which he conuered his weaker self and became the strong leader whom we went to follow and came to love And of the two men Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers who accompanied Cherry Garrard on the Winter Journey the actual “worst journey in the world” of the title he writes In civilization men are taken at their own valuation because there are so many ways of concealment and there is so little time perhaps even so little understanding Not so down South These two men went through the Winter Journey and lived; later they went through the Polar Journey and died They were gold pure shining unalloyed Words cannot express how good their companionship was And so to the Winter Journey Wilson – the chief scientific officer of the expedition who had accompanied Scott on his earlier uest for the South Pole 1901 04 – had discovered the Emperor Penguins' remote breeding grounds on that earlier expedition and believed that if they could secure some unhatched eggs which are laid in the dead of winter much could be learned about the evolution of early birds from reptiles And so these three men in the total darkness of a polar winter in the unprecedentedly cold temperatures of −40 to −775 °F pulled their sledge over unlevel ground and unseen crevasses for a hundred kilometres in each direction The cold the wet the frozen solid fur sleeping bags that would take an hour to suirm into each night and which were so cold that one's back felt like it would break from night long convulsive shivering the exhausting march the winds the dangers – the entire tale is harrowing In the end they were able to make one brief trip to the rookery and brought back three unbroken eggs The horror of the nineteen days it took us to travel from Cape Evans to Cape Crozier would have to be re experienced to be appreciated; and any one would be a fool who went again it is not possible to describe it The weeks which followed them were comparative bliss not because later our conditions were better – they were far worse – but because we were callous I for one had come to that point of suffering at which I did not really care if only I could die without much pain They talk of the heroism of dying – they little know – it would be so easy to die a dose of morphia a friendly crevasse and blissful sleep The trouble is to go on There is then a brief humourous interlude made pitiable and ironic by the knowledge that Wilson and Bowers eventually die on the Polar Journey in which Cherry Garrard describes the indifference with which the Chief Custodian of the Natural History Museum in South Kensington will accept his offering of Emperor Penguin eggs Indeed Cherry Garrard would return some time later with Captain Scott's sister to see these eggs and they were told that there was no record of their existence The eggs would eventually be recovered and studied and according to Professor Cossar Ewart of Edinburgh University's report If the conclusions arrived at with the help of the Emperor Penguin embryos about the origin of feathers are justified the worst journey in the world in the interest of science was not made in vain So there's that Near the end Cherry Garrard has some comments about the fact that Roald Amundsen's team beat Scott to the South Pole by five weeks There's a hint of criticism about Amundsen's show of poor sportsmanship apparently Amundsen had announced he was embarking on a trip to the North Pole but turned his ship at sea and sneakily reached Antarctica just ahead of Scott and Cherry Garrard stresses repeatedly that making a journey to the Pole was secondary to the scientific survey Scott's team was doing for the advancement of global knowledge but still it must have been galling for Scott to fight his way man hauling sledges to reach the Pole and find Amundsen's and Norway's flags planted there There was also found there a letter written to the King of Norway with a note from Amundsen asking Scott to mail it for him was this an ungentlemanly way of demanding that Scott prove he made it to the Pole while also publicly proving that Amundsen made it there first On the other hand Cherry Garrard writes that if one's sole objective is to make it to the Pole all credit should be given to the new route that Amundsen discovered and he also backhandedly praises Amundsen's use of some 250 dogs – surplus dogs brought along to feed the working dog teams – that meant Amundsen could swiftly and comfortably ride on a sled in each direction never once doing the back breaking sledge hauling that Scott et al engaged in hard labour which coupled with an inadeuate diet eventually killed them I was fascinated by this narrative and Cherry Garrard's writing was consistently evocative and well phrased The tone was also often wry and gently humourous Dog driving is the devil Before I started my language would not have shamed a Sunday School and now – if it was not Sunday I would tell you about it I loved the whole of it

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Summary The Worst Journey in the World Antarctica 1910 1913 ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ó The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott's ill fated expedition to the South Pole Apsley Cherry Garrard the youngest member of Scott's team and one of three men to make and survive t The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott's ill fated expedition to the South Pole Apsley Cherry Garrard the youngest member of Scott's team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Jour. An interim review on the subject of DOGS and PONIES creatures absolutely vital to any polar expedition in 1910 They called them ponies they were actually small Manchurian horses This is what happened to working animals sometimes The voyage from England to Antarctica via South Africa and New Zealand lasted five weeks They took 19 ponies and 33 dogs The ponies and the dogs were the first consideration Even in uite ordinary weather the dogs had a wretched timeThey are chained up in various places on the top deck where they get lashed by every wave which breaks over the ship The dogs sit with their tails to this invading water their coats wet and dripping It is a pathetic attitude deeply significant of cold and misery; occasionally some poor beast emits a long pathetic whineAs for the ponies Under the forecastle fifteen ponies side by side heads together swaying swaying continually to the plunging irregular motion a row of heads with sad patient eyes it seems a terrible ordeal for these poor beasts to stand this day after day for weeks togetherThen during a fierce storm The unfortunate ponies – though under cover – were so jerked about that they could not keep their feet in the stalls the morning saw the death of one The dogs made fast on deck were washed to and fro chained by the neck and often submerged for a considerable time Occasionally a heavy sea would bear one of them away and he was only saved by his chain Meares with some helpers had constantly to be rescuing these wretched creatures from hanging one was washed away with such force that his chain broke and he disappeared overboard; the next wave washed him back on board again if Dante had seen our ship as she was at her worst I fancy he would have got a good idea for another Circle of HellWhen finally they land on the continent of Antarctica The ponies were the real problem It was to be expected that they would be helpless and exhausted after their long and trying voyage Not a bit of it They were soon rolling about biting one another kicking one another and anyone else with the best will in the world After two days’ rest on shore twelve of them were thought fit to do one journey on which they pulled loads from 700 to 1000 pounds with ease On their inland trek towards the South Pole each pony has a specific carer and Scott teaches his men to build a sheltering wall at night for each pony The men seem to really love these beasts They all have names like Uncle Bill or Weary Willie and they take a pride and joy in looking after them Every night on camping each pony leader built a wall behind his pony while his pemmican was cooking and came out after supper to finish this wall before he turned in to his sleeping bag – no small thing when you consider the warmth of your hours of rest depends largely upon your getting into your bag immediately after you have eaten your hoosh and cocoa And not seldom you might hear a voice in your dreams “Bill Nobby’s kicked his wall down”; and out Bill would go to build it up again So how jarring – how bewildering almost incomprehensible – is it then for a modern reader to read the very next sentence Oates wished to take certain of the ponies as far south as possible and then to kill them and leave the meat there as a depot of dog food for the Polar Journey The severe practicalities of survival in an extreme environment allowed sentimental attachment to be able to be jettisoned as soon as reuired I think the whole tale of these dogs and ponies on this terrible journey leaves a modern reader fairly shaken

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The Worst Journey in the World Antarctica 1910 1913Ney draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scott's legendary expedition Cherry himself would be among the search party that discovered the cor. Free download available at Project Gutenberg From BBC Radio 4 Classical SerialApsley Cherry Garrard's gripping account of his experiences as the youngest member of Captain Scott's polar expedition team adapted by Stef Penney12 In the austerely beautiful ices capes of Antarctica things go disastrously wrong22 After two months of hard marching Scott must tell four of the surviving twelve men that they must turn backApsley Cherry Garrard Matt GreenCaptain Robert Falcon Scott John McAndrewDr Atkinson Carl PrekoppCaptain Oates Mark MeadowsLieutenant Bowers Peter CallaghanCharles Wright Simon Lee PhillipsDr Edward Wilson Richard MitchleyPO Tom Crean Jack ReynoldsTaff Evans Huw DaviesSpecially composed music by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp orchestrated by Ian Gardiner and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Grant LlewellynDirected by Kate McAllhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb00djvtl