March 18, 1912: Wild’s party penetrates Queen Mary Land

–from his account in “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“On the evening of March 18 the altitude of our camp was one thousand four hundred and ten feet, and the slope was covered with sastrugi ridges, three or four feet high.  Travelling over these on the follwoing day we had frequent capsizes.  . . . Another nine miles of slow ascent brought us to two thousand feet, followed by a rise of two hundred and twenty feet in seven and three-quarter miles on March 21.  Hauling over high, unbroken sastrugi was laborious enough to make everyone glad when the day was over.

“There now swept down on us a blizzard which lasted for a whole week.  Snow fell in deluges and a high wind raged threatening to demolish our tents.”


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