October 8, 1912: Wild’s Queen Mary Land base–“Two weeks went by and there was no sign of the Western Depot Party.”

–from Frank Wild’s notes published in Mawson’s The Home of the Blizzard

“Plans were now fixed for the summer sledging programme.  There was to be a Western Coast Party under the leadership of Jones and an Eastern Party directed by myself [Wild].  All ideas of a march into the interior over the plateau, utilizing the depot laid in the autumn, had to be relinquished in view of the limited time at our disposal and the greater importance of the work along the coast. . . . After two days of blizzard  Watson, Kennedy and I broke trail, but found the surface was so soft that pulling proved very severe.  On the first day, September 29, we managed to travel more than nine miles, but during the nest six days the snow became deeper and more impasable, and only nineteen miles were covered. . . .Finally, after making laborious headway to two thousand feet Kennedy severly strained the tendon at his heel and I deckded to return to “The Grottoes.”

At 2 p.m. on October 8, the mast [of the home base] was sighted and shortly afterwards we climbed down into the Hut, finding it very cold, empty, and dark.  The sun had shone powerfully that day and Kennedy and Watson had a touch of snow-blindness.

“Two weeks went by and there was no sign of the Western Depot Party.”

t 2 p.m. on October 8, the mast [of the home base] was sogjted

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s