Scott's Last Expedition by Robert Falcon Scott
Published December 14, 2013
- Author Robert Falcon Scott
This was such a fascinating read - inspiring and yet so very sad at the same time. Chronicling the full journey from departing New Zealand, to arriving and fighting through the ice, to setting up “home” through the winter and then the final journey. I knew about the iconic quotes, going outside, being some time, that kind of thing, but seeing it in context was just so desperately sad.
I thought it was very telling about the human spirit that they had heart and hope and were pushing forward with things going well right up until the point where they find they have been beaten to the Pole. Then things rapidly go downhill, and it ends up with the tragic conclusion. Is there something in the optimism of being first that might have kept them going? I’m sure there have been a lot of studies on this.
It was weird reading this story first hand, particularly as it became more and more obvious to the explorers that they were unlikely to get off the ice alive. It’s a tough read, tragic, thought-provoking, but it’s made me want to read more about Scott and others who have done such extreme exploration.