September 29, 1912: “Two years in this icy desert. . . . .”

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary published as “the Norwegian with Scott”–

29 September.   A month today and our imprisonment in the hut at Cape Evans will be ended.  It will be marvellous to be on our way south with the knowledge that everyhour that passes will reduce our last hundred days in Antarctica.  Two years is a long time to spend in this icy deseret, but all the same it will be sad to say farewell to the animals, our comrades, and the hut.”

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