The chilling tundra of the antarctic restrained anyone from exploring antarctic for years. Amundsen and Scott, two very brave men chose to attempt to reach the south pole. The prowess in both men was incredibly heroic. Amundsen and Scott knew it was a treacherous journey but were up for the task. Only one man could be the first, and Amundsen was most definitely the successor.
Amundsen had prepared for this journey all his life. While Scott flew by the seat of his pants, going on this expedition was just one of many things he had done without plan. It was a provisional job. Scott knew he wouldn't be able to keep up with it for that long. Scott was temeritly. Scott didn't think twice about his adventure, thus leading to him being unprepared on his trip. Scott was physically prepared but not fully prepared mentally. Amundsen on the other hand examined every detail of his expedition piece by piece, ensuring that he would have the best of the best and be fully prepared. Always planning every move he made.
The equipment they brought and the obstacles they faced were definitely a huge part of their trip. Obstacles including weather and the natural environment. Of course Scott and Amundsens trip differed between what exactly happened but Scotts body obviously couldn't procure the harsh weather the arctic had in store for him. Yet Amundsen still had trouble handling the weather he could still cope with it. Also, equipment was what saved Amundsen. Amundsen brought around a hundred dogs. He was well prepared bringing everything he would ever need and then some on the trip. While scott packed light rather than packing what he needed.
Luck and fate played a large part in the story. Just because Amundsen was stopped when he was so close to the pole doesn't mean he failed. He had the experience, the journey and the lesson that is irreplaceable. Scott may of got to the pole, but whats it worth if he died. He's not alive to be a success.