March 14, 1912: Tryggve Gran’s optimism

–from his diary , “The Norwegian with Scott–

“14 March.  Storm, snow-fall, an drift almost the whole day.  Even so at ten o’clock I went up to our ‘Observatory’ to watch for any movement at Hut Point, but I could hardly make out Razorback Islands.  If Scott maintains the same average speed as Shackleton, he must be back now.  Teddy Evans, Lashly, and Crean covered 21 geographical miles down the Beardmore Glacier on ski in nine hours.  On foot they sank in knee-deep and could not have covered a fifthe of the distance in the same time.”

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