The Winter Journey Begins: Edward Wilson Diary 29 June 1911

“A cold night with temp. down to -56.5 degrees F. and it was -49 degrees F. when we turned out at 9 a.m. in pitch dark with a candle in the tent. But the day was fine and calm with occasional light easterly airs and aurora in curtains to the east both morning and evening covered the greater part of the sky. . . . The temperature remained at -50 degrees F. all day, and we felt the cold a good deal in our feet on the march, Cherry getting his big toes frost bitten. . . . A good many of Cherry’s finger tips also went last night and are blistered this morning, but he takes them all as a matter of course and says nothing about them.”


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