“I have seen Fuji, the most dainty and graceful of all mountains; and also Kinchinjunga: only Michael Angelo among men could have conceived such grandeur. But give me Erebus for my friend. Whoever made Erebus knew all the charm of horizontal lines, and the lines of Erebus are for the most part nearer the horizontal then the vertical. And so he is the most restful mountain in the world, and I was glad when I knew that our hut would lie at his feet. And always there floated from his crater the lazy banner of his cloud of steam.”
What will you leave behind 100 years from now? This little hut on Cape Evans at the base of Mt. Erebus was the home 25 men in the last expedition led by Robert Scott in an attempt to reach the south pole. They suffered temperatures so cold, that their teeth would crack. Over -77ºF. Winds that made them crawl across ice and snow. Over 100 mph. Orcas that would break the sea ice beneath their feet. And nothing resembling a decent meal for two and a half years.
They carried out research and exploration that would open up our knowledge of the southernmost continent while enduring the toughest conditions on earth. Ill prepared and constantly barraged by new obstacles, the only thing at their side was the determination to carry on and the positive outlook to succeed. Unfortunately for many on this expedition, the environment would prove to be to much. Today, we know multitudes more than they did, and still this continent, this planet, this universe never ceases to amaze us.