Though the early British expeditions
took sled dogs with them, the expeditioners were insufficiently
practised at using the dogs properly. Also the make
up of the teams and overall numbers were inadequate. The result
was that travel was largely by man-hauling with the subsequent
toll it took on the fitness and reserves.
This early less than impressive record with
dogs is in contrast with the way that dog teams were used much
successfully in later years of Antarctic exploration before
mechanical transport took over.
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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