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The Worst Journey in the World is an account by Apsley Cherry-Garrard of the 1910-1913 British expedition to Antarctica led by Robert Falcon Scott that ended in tragedy, with Scott and four companions freezing to death as they attempted to return to base camp after making it to the South Pole, only four weeks after Roald Amundson first reached the South Pole. The book itself is a true masterpiece in travel writing. Cherry-Garrard was both honest and modest in his memoir, sharing vivid details on the trials and tribulations of Antarctic exploration and on the preparation, motivation, and teamwork required to battle such harsh conditions. He also includes numerous excerpts from logs from fellow explorers. Scott’s team truly tested the limits of human suffering, confronting horrendous weather conditions, frequent frostbite, and a constant (and often realized) fear of plunging into an unseen crevice. The author’s primary objective for himself was a special expedition with two colleagues to recover Emperor penguin eggs in the name of scientific study, a trek made under complete darkness and terrible weather where they barely made it back to camp alive. The final part of the book recounts Scott’s final and catastrophic trip to their ultimate destination, the South Pole. Only five explorers were selected to make the fated final plunge, with Cherry-Garrard and most of the others acting as support crew who returned early to base camp. All in all, The Worst Journey in the World is a touching and dramatic story, and a must read for travel book enthusiasts.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM THE WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD
"Generally the risks were taken, for, on the whole, it is better to be a little over-bold than a little over-cautious, while always there was a something inside urging you to do it just because there was a certain risk, and you hardly liked not to do it. It is so easy to be afraid of being afraid!”
"Thus impiously I set out to die, making up my mind that I was not going to try and keep warm, that it might not take too long, and thinking I would try and get some morphia from the medical case if it got very bad. Not a bit heroic, and entirely true! Yes! comfortable, warm reader. Men do not fear death, they fear the pain of dying."
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