“I don’t know, something overcame me,” O’Brady said in a telephone interview. “I just felt locked in for the last 32 hours, like a deep flow state. I didn’t listen to any music — just locked in, like I’m going until I’m done. It was profound, it was beautiful, and it was an amazing way to finish up the project.”
Tired, frozen, beaten: image of Captain Scott’s expedition that foretold a tragedy
The Observer, 11/12/2017
The photograph [link] is still one of the most poignant ever taken. Captain Robert Falcon Scott [WP], surrounded by four colleagues, poses at the South Pole, a Union Jack hanging limply in the background, on 17 January 1912. He and his men look haunted. Their expressions suggest weariness and defeat – as well they might.
Henry Bowers, Edward Wilson, Edgar Evans and Lawrence Oates, along with their leader, had just tramped 850 miles over glaciers and ice fields in an attempt to become the first men to reach the South Pole, only to find they had been beaten by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. “It is a terrible disappointment,” Scott recalled in his journal, shortly after posing for the photograph.
For God's sake look after our people.
Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale, but surely, surely, a great rich country like ours will see that those who are dependent on us are properly provided for.
I have done this to show what an Englishman can do.
Both men also had to resist temptation when they reached the south pole, where there is a small scientific station. If they had gone inside, or accepted even a cup of tea from the team working there, their trip would no longer have been considered unsupported.
Antarctica is a remarkable continent – remote, hostile and uninhabited. This frozen continent is key to understanding how our world works, and our impact upon it. Antarctica is important for science because of its profound effect on the Earth’s climate and ocean systems. Locked in its four kilometre-thick ice sheet is a unique record of what our planet’s climate was like over the past one million years.
Antarctic science has also revealed much about the impact of human activity on the natural world. The discovery in 1985 by scientists at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) of the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica revealed the damage done to the Earth’s atmosphere by man-made chemicals.
As well as being the world’s most important natural laboratory, the Antarctic is a place of great beauty and wonder. Its frozen wastes have fired the public imagination for generations, and around 30,000 tourists now visit the Antarctic each year to experience what life is like in the Earth’s last great wilderness. However, Antarctica is fragile and increasingly vulnerable.
The UK has been a world leader in Antarctic science and exploration for more than two centuries. As the UK’s national Antarctic operator, BAS has been responsible for most of the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica for the past 60 years. BAS now operates five research stations, two Royal Research Ships and five aircraft in and around Antarctica.
As well as conducting globally important science, BAS helps protect Antarctica’s pristine environment. It fulfils this stewardship role by working to the highest environmental standards in all its operations and by playing a leading role in the Antarctic Treaty – the world’s most successful international agreement. The UK was the first nation to sign the Treaty’s Protocol on Environmental Protection, which commits Treaty parties to the environmental protection of Antarctica – a continent that few of us will ever visit, but on whose continued health we all depend.
19MI TO COMPLETION
892 MILES TRAVELLED
WIND CHILL -37°C
SOUTH POLE ARRIVED DEC 13
CROSSING ETA DEC 29, 2018
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