Amundsen/Fram - first successful expedition to reach the South Pole -
One of the first
party of men to reach the South Pole
was probably the world's greatest living
skier at the time. He came from the Telemark region of Norway where
skiing was developed from a method of transportation into a sport.
Bjaaland had no great desire in particular to
journey to the pole, he simply wanted adventure and to see the world.
He was also a
Landmarks named after Olav Bjaaland
Description: A rock peak (2,675 m), the south-eastern most
summit of the massif at the head of Amundsen Glacier, in the Queen
Maud Mountains. In November 1911, a number of mountain peaks in this
general vicinity were observed and rudely positioned by the South
Pole Party under Roald Amundsen. Amundsen named one of them for Olaf
Bjaaland, a member of the party. The peak described was mapped by
USGS from surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photography, 1960-64. For the
sake of historical continuity and to commemorate the Norwegian
exploration in this area, the US-ACAN has selected this feature to
be designated Mount Bjaaland. Other peaks in the massif have been
named for members of Amundsen's South Pole Party.
Variant Name(s) - Mount Olaf Bjaaland