In Antarctica, people have referred to this iced-up continent as a mistress … a jealous, unforgiving woman, who doesn’t always give up her men. Instead, the Antarctic Woman will simply keep them. Fortunately, not all men; fortunately not most men; but truly, some men.
Amundsen from Norway came to the Antarctic, made it to the South Pole, and the Woman allowed him and his team to leave. But Scott, from Britain, came to the Antarctic, also made it to the South Pole, and the Woman kept him, and a number of his team. There is a field camp, known as Willy Field, on the Ross Ice Shelf, where an ice runway was used for C-130’s to land.
At this time, I don’t know if the ice runway is still there, or not. Willy Field is named after a guy with the last name Williams, who was running some heavy equipment when the ice
Thus, Willy Field. Why are we drawn to
dangerous places? Why the unexplanable intimacy?
Next to Antarctica, my next dangerous and alluring category would be … mountains. One of the most famous quotes about mountains is from George Leigh Mallory:
“Going to the mountains is going home”
I just want to say a few words about the mountains, as I am running out of time / space. Everyone knows that the mountains are not necessarily safe.
Let’s cut to the chase with some basic information: Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is 8848 meters / 29,029 feet … In 2012, 06 people died on Everest … In 1996 19 people died, and Jon Krakauer states that it was the deadliest year so far …
And at this time, approximately 200 people have died on Everest, up to this point. A great link … http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/21/mount-everest-by-the-numbers-deaths-cost-to-climb-more-mountain-records.html
- ‘Into Thin Air’ by Jon Krakauer (kerisreview.wordpress.com)
- 100th Anniversary of Roald Amundsen Reaching South Pole – How the Grueling Race Was Won (ngadventure.typepad.com)
- Heroes of Antarctic Exploration from Kinsale (thesilvervoice.wordpress.com)
- Ship sinks off Antarctic coast (nzherald.co.nz)