December 18, 1911: Support team on the Beardmore

From Charles Wright’s diary–

“Up 1000 ft. in day.  Lunch seven miles, total twelve and a quarter miles.  Snowing slightly all day–narrow armed feathery crystals 1/8” in diameter.

“In P.M. crevasses up 3 ft. [wide, trending] S 50 [degrees] W, then S-N for rest of day, snow bridged.

“Went all day helter-skelter over, under, in, and through crevasses.  Scott set a hot pace.  May I never again be the only long-legged one in such a team.  All did their best but I am damn sure I had to provide the extra speed.  Slipping all over on the thumb print ice even with crampons.  Nobody ever down [a crevasse] the full length of harness, but legs, etc. in every few yards.”


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