December 21-22, 1911: Farther up the Glacier

from “South With Scott,” Lt. Edward “Teddy” Evans’ published account.

“When we started we were,–

–Scott, Wilson, Oates, Seaman Evans–Self, Bowers, Crean, Lashly–

We steered S.W. to begin with to avoid the great pressure ridges and ice fals which barred our way to the South.  We began to rise very perceptibly, and, looking back after our march, realized what enormous frozen falls stretch across the top of the Beardmore.  I noted that these, with Scott’s consent, should be called ‘The Shackleton Ice Falls,’ according to his track when he went up them.  When we looked back on starting our march we could see the depot cairn with a black flag tied to a pair of 10 foot sledge runners for quite three miles–it promised well for picking up.

“Next day we were away early, marching 8-1/2 miles to lunch camp, and getting caught amongst crevasses as big as Regent Street, all snow bridged.  We rushed these and had no serious falls; the dangerous part is at the edge of the snow bridge, and we frequently fell through up to our armpits, just stepping on to or leaving the bridge.

“We began to experience the same tingling wind that Shackleton speaks of, and men’s noses were frequently frost-bitten.”

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