Re: What about Captain Scott?
Scott was a a brave and courageous man, but I would personally rank several people ahead of him, even in his own field.
Ernest Shackleton, Frank Wild and Lawrence Oates to name but three.
"I am just going outside and may be some time" - Lawrence Oates, 16 Mar 1912
"For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organisation, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time."
- Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Antarctic Explorer and member of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition).