Griffith Taylor notes some of the activities of his companions at Cape Evans:
“The Cape Crozier party were now busily engaged with their preparations for the midwinter journey to the haunt of the Emporer penguins. For some weeks Cherry had been practising hut-building near Skua Lake. . . Uncle Bill was busy making a patent nose-guard to withstand the blizzards of the Barrier.
“‘Extraordinary the affection a fellow gets for a pair of old pants!’ says Birdie, who has spent all morning darning a pair for the midwinter journey. Dr. Bill glances at them, and says drily, ‘Most extraordinary!'”