View Full Version : The Pole of Inaccessibility

02-07-2007, 04:28 PM
is the spot on Antarctica farthest from the ocean(s). This website of a journey there is hilarious, from the logo showing penguins going at it, to the photos of the trekkers being pulled across the plateau by kites, to the arrival at the 'pole' where they found a larger-than-life size bust of Lenin left there almost fifty years ago.


Keith Wilson
02-07-2007, 04:45 PM
That bust of Lenin is too weird to be believed!

Here's one of the intrepid explorers ironing the Union Jack for their team photo in front of it. :D


02-07-2007, 05:13 PM
That expedition logo is awesome;


Too bad there's only one "n" in "inaccessibility"

02-07-2007, 05:28 PM
Hmm...what are those penguins doing?

02-08-2007, 12:30 AM
I can't contemplate this without thinking of Amundsen and Scott. The 95 year anniversary of Scott and company's death is coming up in March. Different ventures, and apparently getting to this place is more challenging than a trip to pole.

A bust of Lenin. Man that's surreal! I'll bet the Soviets used machines to get there. I'm getting minor belly laughs from that bust of Lenin.

Amundsen left an erected tent and a note at the pole for Scott to find. The note admonished Scott to report to the King of Norway in the event Scott made it back and Amundsen didn't. There's a great photo of dejection: Scott and Birdy and Oates et al, standing there, realizing they'd been beaten to the pole. If you wanted to prefigure a coming tragedy you'd be hard pressed to make a better photo. Beaten men, psychologically, and physically.

When the bodies of Scott and company were found, their sledges, which they'd been hauling every mile by human muscle, were loaded with hundreds of pounds of geological specimens. Rocks! When they were barely able to walk from starvation and hypothermia they were hauling rocks! Heroic effort, in strange ways we don't understand well today. And, they almost made it out.

Amundsen's trip, in contrast, looks like a skate in the park. He went in light, with no scientific intent, with dogs and sleds. He planned on eating his dogs as he went--and did.

That era of polar exploration is a fascinating study.

02-08-2007, 06:03 PM