January 28, 1913: Mawson snowed in

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“By the morning of January 28, the wind had moderated considerably, but the sky remained overcast and snow continued to fall.  It was a difficult matter getting out of the tent and a long job excavating it, for the packed snow had piled up within a few inches of the peak.  There was no sign of the sledge which with the harness and spars had all to be prospected for and dug out.  It appeared that since pitching the tent the whole level of the country had been raised a uniform three feet by a stratum of snow packed so densely that in walking over it but little impression was left.”

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