Monday, August 16, 2010

Edgar Evans

Good Monday Morning to you all. We continue to look at explorers, and in particular, pictures of the 1910 antarctic expedition on the Terra Nova. Today's picture shows Edgar Evans, a Petty Officer on the Expedition. Evans died on the expedition. He had an accident as they were approaching the pole, and cut his hand. He suffered frostbite, and started having difficulty keeping up with the party. He then suffered a head injury. His condition got worse, and he collapsed. The exploration party was forced to leave him behind, as they needed to reach the next supply depot. They came back for him and carried him out, but he died on February 16, 1912.

Well, I had a great summer, but it is back to work this morning. I had a lot of fun on the blog this summer, and hope you did too. I will be sure and get up early, and hope to keep things interesting as I get back into the swing of work.


  1. We really take things for granted now days.
    How a simple cut can take your life when it is freezing out. The same thing applies when you in hot places or any place else. Unless you get the cut clean and keep it clean infection can set in.
    Even when a cut is keep clean infection can set in and cost you a limb or your life.
    To bad things went so bad for them on that trip.

    I really enjoyed this summer of domestic updates, but you still owe us a photo of the different colored eggs side by side.
    And you owe yourself a nice shiny new tractor. But maybe for a Christmas present. Make sure you get a brush cutter on it so that you can keep expanding your yard

  2. I'm curious to know if anyone else here has read Apsley Cherry-Garrard's book: "The Worst Journey in the World" describing that particular expedition of Scott aboard the Terra Nova.

  3. That is a sad tale. And I wonder, really was the exploration of the pole worth all the lives it claimed? What scientific benefit was there? I cannot think of one.

  4. Well Merideth, what has been gained by climbing Mount Everest? Nothing that I know of, but a lot of people have lost their lives doing it. Would you believe that 4000 people have tried and only 660 have made it. Also 142 people have died trying to climb it. S
    So if you want to talk about a waste on life, that is a great example there. The only thing I can think of that is a bigger and more senseless waste of life is WAR

  5. Regarding the photo...
    Pre Gore-tex, Thinsulate, nylon etc. As if it wasn't difficult enough with those advances.

    As per the other thing...No one was forced to climb Everest. It was their passion to do so. As far as war goes... visit the Holocaust Museum. Sometimes wars have to be fought.

  6. The best south pole experience I have read about is Endurance
    about the Shackelford expedition.

  7. Wow!
    With your summer being over and going back to school I just realized that I have been following you for over a year.
    I have not missed a single photo but it sure does not seem like I have looked at over 365 images and numerous comments.
    Thank you so much PJM and everyone else involved in OPOD for enriching my life.

  8. Aw..back to work rest for the weary..hope the greenhouse is finished:)

  9. Merideth: Biology, chemistry, atmospheric science, geology, geophysics, glaciology and oceanography. "We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint." -Scott.

    GranMary: "For scientific leadership, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton." — Sir Raymond Priestley.

    Thank you, PJM, for another amazing theme!