British explorer Robert Falcon Scott wanted to lead the first expedition to the South Pole. In January of 1912, he made it to the Pole, but Norwegian Roald Amundsen’s team left evidence that they had been there in December of 1911. While Amundsen returned to his base camp with all the men and some of the dogs, Scott’s team never made it back. Was it poor planning or unreliable support? While those factors contributed to the disaster, luck played a part. That year saw very unusual weather in Antartica they couldn’t have foreseen.
Read more about Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.