In November 1911, Robert F. Scott set out with his men to be the first to reach the South Pole. Scott decided to rely mainly on Siberian ponies and two motor sledges rather than sledge dogs. The support teams traveled as far as Polar Plateau taking the sledge dogs with them. Scott, E. Wilson, Lt H.R. Bowers, Capt. L.E.G. Oates and Petty officer E. Evans traveled the last 150 miles to the pole hauling their own sledges after the ponies and motor sledges failed them. Scott and his four companions reached the south pole on January 16, 1912, 33 days after Amundsen arrived. Scott and his companions met horrific weather conditions on the return journey. Evans was the first to die suffering from a concussion. Unable to continue marching due to his frostbitten feet, Oates walked to his death in a blizzard. Scott, Wilson, and Bowers traveled farther where their last camp was 11 miles from the One Ton Depot. Due to the continuing blizzard, they were unable to continue traveling. They soon ran out of food and fuel. On March 29 1912 Scott, Wilson, and Bowers died of starvation and exposure.


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