|"Fiennes complains endlessly
in a petty manner, about his companion...major screw up, numerous frostbitten toes, fingers etc. I found it depressing. Much more inspiring to read about Scott freezing than this guy
...savage bouts with diarrhea, major weight
loss, confusion, bitter fights with Ran...dementia, blindness,
and toes described as black bags of pus, ...our muscles
poisoned by the ice, the stench of rotting flesh added to our
already evil body odors." More a horror story than an adventure epic.
|Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.
Let this be a warning to others that the Arctic is no place
to travel alone!!! Fiennes was rescued but in 2001 a man out alone
|These exciting photos are from this website that explains how this
happened to Fiennes:
One never exposes bare skin to arctic temperatures. The sea water removes body heat faster than
air. In fact, after freezing his hands attempting the North Pole,
he later cut off his dead finger tips himself with a fret saw. In fact,
I think that Fiennes last North Pole trek would have killed him
if he had not been air rescued. He also had to be air rescued at
the South Pole.
|Landry says "Did Peary ski? No, Peary didn't ski. If you
want to criticize Peary and you want to have credibility, get
some dog sledding experience," Landry says. "Get some
experience living with Inuit and understand what they're capable
of doing. Get some experience seeing what the dogs are capable
And then I will listen to you."
con man started all this
is Fiennes so ignorant of facts about the 1909 expedition? Everyone knows America reached the
North Pole. That was until Wally Herbert wrote a book to dethrone
Peary and award himself the title
"first person to reach the Pole."
navigation expert Douglas R. Davies points out that if Wally Herbert,
for example, had published his book 50 years ago reporters would have
simply called up Henson and MacMillan and gotten the first hand facts.
They would have ridiculed nonsense such as Herbert's
anyone who met the actual team members - Bartlett, Henson, Dr.
Goodsell, MacMillan, Borup, were convinced of their achievement.
The excellent character of these men, all of whom wrote their
own books about the 1909 expedition, were far beyond reproach.
And if you take the time to read Henson's works A Negro
Explorer at the North Pole, or Dark
Companion, or his interviews in the Boston
American (1910), Life Magazine (May, 1951), The World's Work
(1910), or the Lowell Thomas 1939 interview, you will quickly
toss aside the revisionist attempts to dismiss Henson.
Emaciation, suffering, bickering and frozen tissue highlighted
Fiennes Antarctic man-hauling expedition.
Compare this with the happy,
healthy face of Landry and Crowley at the North Pole with their
teams of Huskies! Then you decide who understands how to travel to
Photos from his book Mind Over
Matter, ISBN: 0-385-31321-7, © 1993 by Ranulph Fiennes. Frostbite
kills body tissue as his nose reveals.
I believe these photos
prove he is incompetent to comment on
Henson & Peary, as he did in his negative remarks
to the Observer. I believe this
because Fiennes's polar travel methods have nothing in common with
Henson's successful techniques. Henson worked with Eskimo dogs,
the powerful arctic husky. Fiennes is not a man who has
experience employing dog teams as Peary did to reach the North Pole and Amundsen did at the
South Pole. It takes dog teams, not man haulers, to succeed in
a kind of "penance for Robert Flacon Scott" polar masochism by hauling heavy
loads behind himself in a re-enactment of
the adventure that Earnest Shackelton was going to undertake when
his ship sank. Shackelton apparently paid no attention to the
wisdom of more experienced, successful ship designers. Their hull
designs prevented crushing when ice bound as evidenced by the excellent success
of the Fram and of Peary's Roosevelt. As a result Shackelton's
"let's cross Antarctica" adventure was aborted and became a
desperate life or death rescue mission.
By contrast Fiennes
is, in my opinion, some kind of human canine of polar masochism.
Is he atoning for Scott and Shackelton? (by recreating their
suffering?) He is not performing any legitimate polar exploration.
this Robert Falcon Scott come again? Fiennes is very
taken with Scott and his suffering Antarctic expeditions remind
me of Scott. Interestingly, Fiennes recently bid up an artifact
of the lethal Scott expedition.
See the emaciation of his
body? This may be of use to people suffering from anorexia or self
mutilation to warn them what will happen. Maybe this book should be recommended for people
dealing with terminal illnesses such as cancer or AIDS to give
them the strength to get up and do what needs to be done.
SCOTT'S LAST BISCUIT SOLD FOR £3,900 TO
"Polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes today spent nearly £4,000 on
the remains of a biscuit which was found next to the frozen body
of Captain Robert F Scott after his doomed South Pole mission."
Mind Over Matter © 1993 by Ranulph Fiennes
|When you pick up Wally Herbert's mass of innuendo
(Noose of Laurels) you can detect the very ripe odor of
if you don't already know the story behind Noose of Laurels)!
soon: an expose on Herbert, his connection with
Helene Vetters of
the anti-Peary Cook Society, and mistakes in his
Laurels, that only the experts have known about (until now).
public may have been fooled in 1988, but that is about to change. We
are also publishing Peary's entire 1909 North Pole Diary to
prevent anyone from ever trying to fool the public again by telling
them what is in it. We will let you see what an amazing document it
you really want to understand Peary and Henson then read their
many works before you read modern revisionists.
Northward Over The Great Ice (1896)
Nearest the Pole (1907)
Harper's Magazine Nearest the Pole (1907)
October, 1909 National Geographic report on reaching the
The North Pole, 1910
Hampton's; 10-part series (1909-1910)
Secrets of Polar Travel, (1917)
World's Work 15 page article (1910)
Boston American Interview (1910)
A Negro Explorer at The North Pole (1912)
Lowell Thomas Interview (1939)
Dark Companion, (1947)
A Tender foot With Peary (1911)
How Peary Reached The Pole
- DR. GOODSELL; On Polar Trails
when you pick up something such as Wally Herbert's mass of
you can detect the very ripe odor of literary shite.