Mawson's Antarctic Trek- Into the Unknown

They were 31 men at the bottom of the world exploring uncharted territory. What followed was one of the most terrifying survival stories of all time.
Bred for strength and endurance, with thick fur to prevent frostbite, Greenland huskies pull a sledge on the ice early in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Of 38 dogs that began the expedition, only two survived to return home. Photograph courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/National Geographic

Mawson's Antarctic Trek- Into the Unknown Photograph by Morton Henry Moyes, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW/National Geographic



Archibald Hoadley, Sydney Jones, and George Dovers were one of eight three-man teams sent out in different directions to map terra incognita. Only two men on the expedition had been to Antarctica before, and some had never before seen snow.

 

Mawson's Antarctic Trek- Into the Unknown Photograph courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/National Geographic

Anchored off Cape Denison, the supply ship Aurora was the expedition’s only lifeline home. As Mawson raced to meet it at the tail end of his punishing solo slog to the Main Base, he spied the ship departing for Australia. He’d missed it by a mere five hours.

 

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The images are from the January issue of National Geographic magazine.

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