The First Tent Erected at the South Pole by Roald Amundsen Is Still There



In mid-December 1911, Roald Amundsen and his four fellow Norwegians literally pitched a tent upon arriving at the South Pole, and it’s still there today. Despite the low yearly precipitation, the tent is believed to be at a depth of about 50-60 feet. No more snow than that has accumulated in these 109 years. That’s because it’s a polar desert. In 2005, the nations that are part of the Antarctic Treaty decided to protect the tent by declaring it a cultural heritage site, which prohibits anyone from digging around trying to find the tent. Now it can continue its protected, peaceful, slow and chilly journey to even greater ice depths.