The Winter Journey: July 10-12, 1911

After having been away from the hut and on the trail for nearly a fortnight, Lt. Birdie Bowers noted the joys of turning in for the night. “To get into one’s sleeping bag was an effort that required skill, care, and time. Once you were thawed out everything became sopping until you were soft all over and comfortably wet and warm. . . .”

From his diary for July 10-12: “We were hung up 3 days with blizzards and the temperature rose to zero. It seemed oppressively warm after what we had had. We got wetter than ever in this heat, and the bags were now so saturated that Bill’s began to split and we had to knock off rolling them up for fear of breaking them, and laid them on the sledge like 3 squashed coffins.”


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