July 1912: Overwintering at Cape Evans

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account “The Worst Journey in the World”–

“We had lectures, but not as many as during the precious winter when they became rather excessive:  and we included outside subject.  We read in many a polar book of the depressions and trials of the long Polar night; but thanks to gramphones, pianolas, variety of food, and some study of the needs both of mind and body, we suffered very little from the first year’s months of darkness.

“There is quite a store of novelty in living in the dark:  most of us I think thoroughly enjoyed it.  But a second winter, with some of your best friends dead, and others in great difficulties, perhaps dying, when all is unknown and every one is sledged to a standstill, and blizzards blow all day and all night, is a ghastly experience.  This year there was not one of our company who did not welcome the return of the sun with thankfulness:  all the more so since he came back to a land of blizzards and made many of our difficuties easier to tackle.”

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