|On 14 December 1911, five men stood at the southern axis of the earth. They planted the Norwegian flag and named the area KongHaakon VIIs vidde. Those men were Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting, Helmer Hansen and Sverre Hassel, the first men to reach the South Pole.
They had left the Framheim base on 20 October, taking with them four sledges and 52 dogs. The dogs were one of the most important items Amundsen had with him. He had brought them from Greenland, because the underfoot conditions and terrain were ideal for Eskimo dogs. Amundsen also recognized the advantage of being able to slaughter the weaker dogs en route and use the meat to feed the others. As it turned out, the human members of the expedition also appreciated a fresh piece of canine steak.
The going was tough at times; the cold was severe and the conditions were bad. However, the final days of their journey were better and the weather could not have been more perfect for their arrival at the South Pole. At three o