What Passes For Food In The Antarctic

Feb 28, 2013

Credit University Of Nebraska Press

People who hike through the wilderness know: it’s unwise to pack heavy foods. As delightful as it might be to play gourmet chef on top of a mountain, you’d spend more calories lugging a leg of lamb up the trail than you’d gain from eating it.  The great historic Antarctic explorers faced the same problem. They lived off biscuits and pemmican. And as they mushed across the ice, they dreamed of roasted penguins.

Historian Jason C. Anthony describes the lousy rations that fueled our greatest explorers today on KUOW.

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