Transporting supplies to the southernmost point on the planet -- through frigid temperatures and unforgiving terrain -- takes some delicate planning.
From the 29,029-foot treachery of Mt. Everest to the uninhabitable moon some 283,900 miles away, there seems to be no limit to the human drive to conquer the impossible. For hundreds of years we have been pushing our physical and mental capacities for the sake of discovery, embarking on expeditions in which injury or death are almost inevitable (and the logistical challenges a nightmare).
Nowhere is this more true than in the South Pole, where the average winter temperatures hover around a frigid -72º F and many thousands of miles separate the Earth’s southernmost point from the nearest den of civilization. So how did they do it? And how do they do it now? Let’s take a look.