From Cherry-Garrard’s diary:
“December 20. Today has been a great march–over two miles an hour, and on the whole rising a lot. Soon after starting we got onto the most beautiful icy surface, smoothe except for cracks and only patches of snow, most of which we could avoid. We came along at a great rate. . . .We have done nearly 23 miles today, pulling 160 lbs. a man.
“This evening has been rather a shock. As I was getting my finnesko on to the top of my ski beyond the tent Scott came up to me, and said that he was afraid he had rather a blow for me. Of course I knew what he was going to say, but could hardly grasp that I was going back–tomorrow night. The returning party is to be Atch, Silas, Keohane and self. . . .
“Scott was very put about, said he had been thinking a lot about it but had come to the conclusion that the seamen with their special knowledge, would be needed: to rebuild the sledge, I suppose. Wilson told me it was a toss-up whether Titus or I should go on. . . .”