December 10, 1912: “nothing was visible on the surface but the dark mouths of open holes. . .” Wild in Queen Mary Land

–from Frank Wild’s sledging journal quoted in Lief Mills’ Frank Wild–

“10 December.  2 miles 700 yards.  . . .The light was changeable and half an hour after starting we got amongst crevasses, several open ones, and many more covered with only slight depressions to show where they were.

“We had to halt several times for a break in the clouds to see where we were going, and twice found crevasses which we had not seen within a few feet.  At 1.30 the breeze freshened and the sky became entirely overcast, so we camped for lunch.  During lunch the wind grew stronger and drift began to fly; nothing was visible on the surface but the dark mouths of open holes so we got the secont tent up and turned in.”

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