Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The weather in northern Illinois seems positively tropical particularly since I’ve been reading The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Tomorrow morning, the book discussion group of the Sterling Morton Library will meet to discuss Cherry-Garrard’s riveting Antarctic narrative. While the Sterling Morton Library’s polar studies collection is minuscule, there are a number of on-line resources that will provide more information on this dramatic area and adventure. Cherry’s narrative chronicles his trip to gather penguin eggs (the worst journey in the world) along with the heartbreaking account of Scott’s race to the South Pole. A great adventure book, this account presents a dramatic setting, complex scientific details along with a very poignant story of the challenges faced by these explorers.

Places to search for more information:
The Royal Geographical Society’s Image Library has over 800 images from the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913
(Search under the heading: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913)

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge –
Their image library has a number of images from the expedition at British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (Terra Nova) at

Science battles for Scott's reputation – BBC News -

Different Approaches to Antarctic Exploration by Sian Flynn

Lots of information about this Expedition can be found from our good friends at Wikipedia:
Terra Nova Expedition -
Details about some of the explorers:
Robert Falcon Scott -
Edward Adrian Wilson -

A digital copy of this books is available at Project Gutenberg at

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