Page 153. " Amundsen’s team all kept their noses even though they report that their time was a good deal taken up by repeatedly thawing them out "

AVN's face whose nose is starting to look a little battered
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The exact entry in Amundsen’s diary is as follows: 

Our time was a good deal taken up by thawing noses and cheeks as they froze – not that we stopped; we had no time for that. We simply took off a mit, and laid the warm hand on the frozen spot as we went; when we thought we had restored sensation, we put the hand back into the mit. By this time it would want warming. One does not keep one’s hands bare for long with the thermometer several degrees below zero and a storm blowing.

Page 154. " At that time, due south followed the line of my shadow "

 

Midday, shadow pointing due South
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumMidday, shadow pointing due South - Credit: Paul Landry
Page 154. " Massive Attack’s Protection Album, and specifically the song titled Heat Miser "

Listen on Spotify:  Massive Attack - Heat Miser

Page 157. " Rove and rummage "

This quotation was picked mostly because of the breathtaking alliterative quality of the translation of the following evocative line:

restless urge to rove
And rummage through the world exploring it

Page 157. " our little band pressed on "

 

Four hauling
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Page 160. " For nearly 40 days, such a biblically significant period "

Jesus was tested by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights, alone in the desert; Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. The number is synonymous with a voyage of learning and discovery through a testing wilderness.

Page 175. " There is a palpable and tragic sense of wasted effort "

Scott at the South Pole
Creative Commons AttributionScott at the South Pole