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The first to reach the South Pole

On 14 December 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (who had already led the first expedition to traverse the North West Passage, and would go on to lead the first successful attempt to cross the Arctic by air) and his team became the first human beings to reach the South Pole, just over a month before Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. 

Just under two months earlier on 20 October 1911, five men, four sledges and fifty-two dogs had set off towards the south.

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“Adventure is just bad planning.”

Roald Amundsen

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