Talk:Roald Amundsen

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Only two photos taken?[edit]

There is a paranthetical statement that Amundsen is only known to have taken two photographs on his South Pole expedition. The book Antarctica, Firsthand Accounts of Exploration and Endurance has journal entries from his expedition that clearly cites several stops during which photos were taken. He even goes as far as to say that the cameraman was so adept and the explorers so accustomed to the routine that when two explorers partially fell into a crevasse, they had the wherewithal to hold their precarious positions long enough for the photo to be taken. That sounds to me like more than two photos were taken. Onzie9 (talk) 16:33, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Indeed. Apart from anything else there are a lot more than two authentic, surviving photographs of the expedition. Even if the claim is that A personally only took two photographs it is contradicted by his journal: Huntford Race for the South Pole 2011 135 We got a good photo; 129: Have taken a complete fix and some photographs from our camp; 169: Took a photo - No. 10 film no.3 - of the sledges as they came up and stopped. Have deleted. Northutsire (talk) 09:56, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Also overstated about surveying. Identifying, describing, establishing the location of and naming whole new mountain ranges looks quite like surveying to me. The point which is trying to establish itself is that A didn't do the geology, biology and so on Scott did - fair enough, but it needs making a great deal better. Northutsire (talk) 10:04, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Edit request for South Pole section[edit]

Could an editor please improve this chronologically inverted passage:

  • Finding it difficult to raise funds, when he heard in 1909 that the Americans Frederick Cook and Robert Peary had claimed to reach the North Pole as a result of two different expeditions, he decided to reroute to Antarctica.[9] He was not clear about his intentions, and the Englishman Robert F. Scott and the Norwegian supporters felt misled.[9] Scott was planning his own expedition to the South Pole that year. Using the ship Fram ("Forward"), earlier used by Fridtjof Nansen, Amundsen left Oslo for the south on 3 June 1910.[9][10] At Madeira, Amundsen alerted his men that they would be heading to Antarctica, and sent a telegram to Scott, notifying him simply: "BEG TO INFORM YOU FRAM PROCEEDING ANTARCTIC--AMUNDSEN."[9]

as follows:

  • When Amundsen heard in 1909 that two different expeditions, led by the Americans Frederick Cook and Robert Peary, had claimed to reach the North Pole, he decided to reroute to Antarctica, but kept this plan a secret for fear of losing financial support and the use of Fridtjof Nansen's ship Fram.[9] Also, the Englishman Robert F. Scott was planning his own expedition to the South Pole that year. Amundsen's expedition left Oslo in Fram ("Forward") on 3 June 1910.[9][10] At Madeira, Amundsen alerted his men that they would be heading to Antarctica. Amundsen's brother Leon, the only other person entrusted with the secret, later sent a pre-arranged telegram to Scott, notifying him simply: "BEG TO INFORM YOU FRAM PROCEEDING ANTARCTIC--AMUNDSEN."[9] Scott and the Norwegian supporters felt misled.[9]


On a general note, why protect the article? The English is poor and it can do with a general stylistic overhaul. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.111.222.98 (talk) 14:26, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 July 2016[edit]

Add this portrait of Roald Amundsen in the picture section.

Portrait of Roald Amundsen (colorized)

Noxstar8 (talk) 08:36, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done nyuszika7h (talk) 11:25, 14 July 2016 (UTC)
Moved to the portrait section per the request of the editor. The current pic in the infobox is much more representative of RA's career. MarnetteD|Talk 15:38, 14 July 2016 (UTC)