Return to Antarctica
The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South PoleBook - 2009
The South Pole, one of the world's final - and most inhospitable - frontiers, had become the frantic obsession of British naval officer Robert Scott. Despite the heavy odds facing him - not the least of which were a lack of money and necessary equipment, and his own inflated sense of his skill as a leader - Scott gathered together an eclectic group of naval personnel and scientists, including one Canadian, Charles Seymour "Silas" Wright, and in 1910 sailed from London for the Antarctic in the overloaded and leaking ex-sealing vessel Terra Nova . Halfway through the rough passage to the Antarctic, Scott got word that his nemesis - rival explorer Norwegian Roald Amundsen - was also making a run for the Pole. What started out as a stroll to the South Pole became a desperate race between two very determined and different men.
Return to Antarctica transports the reader to the very time and place of the Scott expedition through the eyes of Charles Wright, as told by Adrian Raeside, who grew up with his grandfather's personal stories from the expedition. In the Antarctic summer of 2008-2009, Raeside travelled to Antarctica to retrace his grandfather's footsteps and to gain perspective on a daring adventure of a hundred years ago that challenged the explorers' courage, resilience and sanity. Raeside's unique storytelling, supported by startling revelations from previously unpublished accounts, drawings and photographs, does admirable justice to the legacy of the men who literally followed Robert Scott to the end of the Earth.