Five interesting facts on the Roald Amundsen’s first South Pole expedition

By the end of the 18th century, the scientific revolution had given way to the Age of Reflection that resulted discoveries and expeditions. It was Roald Amundsen; a Norwegian explorer who reaches the geographic South Pole and became first man on the South Pole.
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By the end of the 18th century, the scientific revolution had given way to the "Age of Reflection" that resulted discoveries and expeditions. It was Roald Amundsen; a Norwegian explorer who reach the geographic South Pole and became first man. During the course his expedition, he discovered the Axel Heiberg Glacier, which provided their route to the polar plateau and ultimately to the South Pole.

Five interesting facts on the Roald Amundsen’s first South Pole expedition

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1. He planned his South Pole expedition secretly because his dream to being first explorer of North Pole was beaten by two American explorers, Frederic Cook and Robert Peary.

2. He was racing against British explorers Robert Falcon Scott and beat them by 35 days with the help of faster sleds and skis and stronger ski boots and tents. This made him glory hunter to become first man on the South Pole.

3. U. S Navy expedition of the South Pole set up Scientific Base named after Amundsen and Scott in October 1956, as a tribute to the first time humans set foot at the South Pole.

4. He was precise planner and during preparation of expedition He loses his weight from 195 pounds to 50 pounds which is crucial in saving energy during the trip. He also focused on nutrition and health, so that his team will be strong enough and able to move faster.

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach were written by Roald Dahl which was named after Amundsen.

Who was Roald Amundsen?

1. He was Norwegian explorer, born in 1872 (Fredrikstad, Oslo, Norway) and the son of a ship-owner.

2. He was inspired by the polar exploits of his countryman Fridtjof Nansen and joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition as mate, aboard Belgica under Adrien de Gerlache.

3. He became first man in the world to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911 and also became first explorer to fly over of the North Pole in 1925.

Roald Amundsen was great planner and explorer and his winning extinct sailed him to become first man on the South Pole. His hunger of glory ride towards Arctic icy waters to reach the North Pole in 1925 and made him the first explorer to fly over of the North Pole. In 1928, his plane was crashed in the fog during trip flying over the region on a rescue mission in 1928 and trip became graveyard of this great explorer. His dead body was never been located despite of all efforts.

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